Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvee Saten 750ML
Bellavista creamy and abundant froth, very fine, persistent perlage; straw yellow w/golden hues, intense, complex bouquet of peach blossoms, nuts and honey; fresh and appealing, mellow and delicate, v. elegant, feminine & well balanced. The name is very appropriate, for this is a feminine, satin-smooth, graceful cuvée from extremely rigorous selections, issued in limited quantities. The wine ferments and ages in small oak barrels, and is 100% Chardonnay from the oldest hillside vineyards, at the highest elevations and fully southern exposures, close to the Bellavista winery in Erbusco.
This Chardonnay-based sparkler has a beautifully smooth and silky quality, with bright aromas of apricot, tangerine, toasted bread and almond. The suppleness of the mouthfeel and creaminess of the perlage is what ultimately sets it apart.
Score: 93. —Monica Larner, August 01, 2012.
The NV Gran Cuvee Saten shows gorgeous depth and inner perfume as it opens up in the glass. Texturally brilliant, the Saten impresses for its overall balance and impeccable harmony. Brioche, juicy pears and apricots wrap around the plush, textured finish. The Saten is 100% Chardonnay fermented in oak. This is Lot L 2880 10288000615. Disgorged 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
Score: 92. —Antonio Galloni, February 2012.