Franciacorta is the Italian response to Champagne, a classic method sparkling wine which involves the secondary fermentation in the bottle, for more information on the Franciacorta region and sparkling wine and how it is made click here
Franciacorta is not the only Italian classic method sparkling wine, there are plenty, all over the country, however Franciacorta DOCG and Trento DOC are the only two appellations.
The fantastic Franciacorta Saten from La Romantica, made only from Chardonnay grapes left on its lees for 24 months, is an elegant, delicate, Italian sparkling wine. Saten indicates that the wine is softer and has a lower bottle pressure.
Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany shellfish or grilled vegetables, this Franciacorta Saten has a fine perlage and an elegant floral nose.
La Romantica is a relatively new Franciacorta producer, however, the people behind it are not new to wine, they have been producing wine in the Lugana area for generations, they are the Avanzi family, that due to their love for wine, as soon as the Franciacorta estate became available, they decided to purchase it and built a very modern winery. La Romantica like the majority of Franciacorta producers, are a small winery with only a few hectares where they grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the other grape allowed in the wine is Pinot Bianco. Their approach to Franciacorta is to find the perfect balance between fruit and freshness of the wine with a short ageing to provide the wine with extra structure and so far, the balance has been found.