Discover the Best Bang for Your Buck: Bruno Giacosa’s Spumante Metodo Classico Extra Brut 2011
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 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 wanted you to realize how fantastic Bruno Giacosa is. 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 it being a structured, evolved, and very rich and creamy Pinot Noir that has remained on the lees for 58 months.
You have read well: after the first fermentation and bottling, the wine makes a second fermentation in the bottle and then rests for almost 5 years. Consider Trentodoc or Franciacorta Reserve refined for 36 months on the line.
Bruno Giacosa’s Spumante Metodo Classico Extra Brut 2011 bouquet
Enveloping nose, creamy with classic baking notes, meringue, cream, and everything you’d find in a pastry shop, all combined with a pungent dark fruit in abundance, including blueberry jam, blackberries, raisins, and orange peels. Mint notes, dried yellow flowers, and a nice mineral touch give depth to an already 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 and 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, and there is a final waltz between vanilla and chalk.
It’s a fantastic wine, a rocky sparkling wine that’s precise, definitely stylized, and dosed to perfection; however, the quality and thickness are undeniable.