Bruno Giacosa’s Spumante Metodo Classico Extra Brut 2011: the wine with the best price-quality ratio in Italy?
Bruno Giacosa’s Spumante Metodo Classico Extra Brut 2011 is an incredible wine, a Blanc de Noirs, a spumante produced with 100% Pinot Noir, which knows how to seduce with elegant perfumes, finesse and a stunning saltiness that demonstrates once again the mastery of this great vigneron.
And consider that the grapes to produce this sparkling wine are bought by some producers in Oltrepò Pavese, a promised land for the Italian Pinot Noir. Exactly, they do not cultivate them, they buy them and then make a sparkling wine, but the result is not bad at all! Buying grapes from other farmers is a very common practice also in Champagne, so this is not such a big deal.
But we told you that, because we want to make you understand how much is great Bruno Giacosa. In fact, this wine is a simple metodo classico, it is not part of the Alta Langa consortium, but perhaps it is better this way, there is no doubt that Pinot Noir is better in the Oltrepò, so kudos to Bruno for his industriousness and for having the foresight to stock up from good producers.
No, what amazes me is the aromatic clarity of the wine, the subtle elegance and the naturalness of the sip, despite being a structured, evolved and very rich and creamy Pinot Noir that has remained for 58 months on the lees.
You have read well, after the first fermentation and bottling, the wine makes the second fermentation in the bottle and then rests for almost 5 years. Think that Trentodoc or Franciacorta Reserve refine on the lie for 36 months.
Bruno Giacosa’s Spumante Metodo Classico Extra Brut 2011 bouquet
Enveloping nose, creamy with classic baking notes, meringue, cream and everything you can find in a pastry shop, which are combined with a pungent dark fruit with blueberries jam, blackberries, raisins and orange peels in profusion. Mint notes, dried yellow flowers and a nice mineral touch that gives depth to an already very mature bouquet, endowed with expressiveness and the typical nervous depth of Pinot Noir. Ethereal and minty finish that slides on butter.
Bruno Giacosa’s Spumante Metodo Classico Extra Brut 2011 flavor
In the mouth the phrasing between saltiness and freshness is graceful and makes the wine balanced, tasty, with biting pulp and the yummy flavor of yeasts that have carved a remarkable mineral thickness. Ample in its creamy suggestions, the structure is wide, the rhythm is smooth, with a final waltz between vanilla and chalk.
It is a great wine, a rocky sparkling wine, precise, definitely stylized and dosed to art, however quality and thickness are indisputable.