Majolini. Franciacorta Pas Dose 'Aligi Sassu'
Taut and elegant fruit, sinew of lemon, grapefruit and the slightest wild honey, mineral and ripe herb. Full and fine. 12.5%
This wine is dedicated to Aligi Sassu, an influential sculpture and artist from Milan, his trademark motif being horses, a pair of which overlook the terraces at Majolini.
Pas Dosé is a particular and uncompromising style of fizz, it is difficult as there is no residual sugar to soften the fruit and Pas Dosé or ‘extra-Brut’ is saved from austerity by Franciacorta’s natural ability to ripen the grapes. I confess to having had a problem with the meanness and lack of fun in this category, I am now a total convert, this has the vigour and complexity born out of hardship, a beautiful wine.
Made from hand picked chardonnay which has only a short distance to travel before a gentle pressing, a brief maceration at 8°C before fermentation at 18°C . The cuvee is made in the following spring, bottling follows and the wine remains on its lees for at least 30 months before remuage.