SATÈN

FRANCIACORTA DOCG

Its brilliant gold hue and dense, creamy bead of pin-point bubbles are every bit as refined as its intense, clean-edged aromatics.

Profile

A benchmark Satén with the spotlight on Chardonnay, whose overall style, in line with tradition, reflects the particular character of each vintage year. That stylistic key unlocks the aromatic treasures of this Franciacorta, following its minimum of 36 month’s maturation in the cellar. Its brilliant gold hue and dense, creamy bead of pin-point bubbles are every bit as refined as its intense, clean-edged aromatics. Smooth, seductive impressions of bergamot, jasmine, and calycanthus duet with subtly pungent star anise and white pepper, all backgrounded by reassuringly classic fruit: peach and lychee, with a touch of candied almond and butter crusted pastry. The palate develops at a majestic, elegant pace, effortlessly seducing with an alternation of mint and dried fruit and nuts, plus a grain or two of sea salt animating a stylish, long-lingering finish.

Grapes and vineyards

An unceasing striving for quality in harmony with nature

The Chardonnay grapes are grown in estate vineyards, facing east-southeast. Flat and slightly rolling area in the morainic area, with loose, medium-fertile soils and medium-deep pebble admixture.

On exit, green as freshly-clipped shoots, and equally vibrant.

The mousse of this Satèn, richly complex, motile, and quicksilver, offers homogeneous spherules of the most miniscule calibre, of a pristine whiteness. The very delicate bead, at first hesitant but then resolute, crystallises into a fabulous, finely-laced crown. The nose is sculpted from white- and golden-fleshed fruit, exciting spring wildflowers, vanilla and pastry crème, nor does it lack the immature crispness of green leaves, and summer’s shadowed canopies. The tiniest hint of cane sugar syrup draws out and balances its progression. Purest silk is tactile on the palate, from the very first drop, delicately saline, in prey to its seductive effervescence, both sly and cheerful from the very start. Then, at once, it expands dense and rubicund, although it preserves the clean dryness and reserve classic to elegance. On exit, green as freshly-clipped shoots, and equally vibrant.

Stefano Caffarri

Technical features

Vinification
White-wine process, utilisation of membrane press, with separation of 1st and 2nd pressings. After 12 hours of static settling at 15°C, inoculation with cultured yeasts and cool-temperature fermentation in steel, and in small barrels. Malolactic fermentation, and racking before assemblage of the Cuvée. In spring the liqueur de tirage is added, the bottle receives crown cap, and is laid down to develop effervescence.

Maturation ageing
The tiered-up bottles remain in our cellars for at least 36 months before riddling. The sediment is then removed and they are given the Brut-style liqueur d’expedition, then corked and wired. This Franciacorta then rests in the bottle a further three months before release.

Alcohol
12% vol.

Component grape varieties
Chardonnay

Vineyard location and exposure
In our estate vineyards with east-southeast exposure.

Soil profile
Flat and rolling land in morainic deposit, of medium fertility, loose, with good texture to medium-depth

Trainig system
Guyot

Yield per hectare
80 quintals of grapes/hectare = 52 hectolitres/hectare.

Harvest
Hand picked in small boxes between the second and the fourth week of August.

Year first produced
1996

Formats
0.75 L (30,000) – 1.5 L (1,000) – 3 L (100)

Franciacorta Wines Collection

Brut

Right from its entry, it conquers the palate and keeps it hostage, light-hearted yet firmly, progressing to a finale that is forthright and self-assured. Lush and eminently enjoyable.

Rosé

It lopes towards the finish, with a joy that is open-handed, extroverted, and radiant, formidably tenacious and appealing. Festive at every sip.

Pas Dosé

Held tight by an embracing stream, as a bird flight at sunset. The light beams forth, direct and unencumbered.

Nature

The debut of this new cuvée made solely from organically-grown grapes pays homage to the quintessence of the vineyard and to the utter harmony of nature’s components.

EBB

With maturity to spare, and a magisterial vigour, an experience that grants the excitement of a revelation.

Parosé

Quintessential maturity and elation, enfolded in a close-woven silken cocoon, a farewell embrace that is tight, clean, precise. Near-endless and riveting.

Riserva

Vibrant fruit drives a progression that is as elegant as it is broad and dynamic, with a crisp acidity complementing the fruit encountered on the nose