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Aptitude. Chardonnay, a white grape of French origin, is the most famous of the international grown-everywhere varieties because it gives its best wherever, retaining features that make it recognizable. Right from the first vintages this wine was praised by international critics who continue to consider it a reference for the finest Italian enology. Brightly hued, intensely scented, underscored with a hint of vanilla and a characteristic note of hazelnut. Its taste is full and rotund and its organoleptic structure is so intense as to be comparable to a red, yet it lingers in your senses for its extraordinary finesse.

Data sheet


Curtefranca Bianco D.O.C.

Grape varieties
Chardonnay 100%.

Vineyards of provenance
Five Chardonnay vineyards planted an average of 33 years ago located in the municipalities of Erbusco and Corte Franca.

Harvest year
2017. A year characterized by low yields, offset by excellent quality. The mild and dry winter was followed by a bove-average temperatures in the spring. On the night between April 18 and 19, the temperatures dropped abruptly, with lows down to -4.5°C, and frost. 2/3 of the vineyards of Ca’ del Bosco and Franciacorta as a whole suffered significant damage. Flowering took place by mid-May, under favorable weather conditions, but fertility was very poor because of the hoarfrost. The beginning of summer was marked by two hailstorms on June 6 and 25, followed by heat spikes of up to 39°C. As a result, the yields were low, but the quality of the grapes that reached maturity was outstanding. The harvest operations began on August 19 and ended during the last ten days of the month. Throughout the period, the harvest was of excellent quality, the grapes healthy and perfectly ripe.
Average yield per hectare: 6.000 kilograms of grapes, equivalent to 3.420 liters of wine (grape-to-wine: 57%).

Ca’ del Bosco Chardonnay embodies the territory’s vocation for coaxing out the nuances of the variety, and the winemaker’s skill in transforming them into a great wine. It is obtained from meticulously selected grapes skilfully vinified in full compliance with the Metodo Ca’ del Bosco. Grapes from five superior vineyards are picked, using small cases, and then graded and chilled. Each bunch is selected by experienced cellar staff before visiting our “berry spa”, an exclusive air-bubble bunch-washing system that incorporates three soaking vats and a drying tunnel. After pressing in the absence of oxygen, only the best must from the first fraction is transferred for alcoholic fermentation in small oak casks, made from selected wood seasoned for three years. The wine remains on its own lees for 9 more months, during which time malolactic fermentation is completed. “bâtonnage”, or lees stirring, is carried out every week to bring the wine to a peak of harmony on the nose and complexity on the palate. Later, the various parcels are blended and the wine is bottled naturally by gravity flow. Innovative bottling systems ensure that the wine is not subjected to oxidative stress or disturbance, and that no further sulphites are added. Integrity and healthfulness are guaranteed. Finally, every bottle is given an individual marking to ensure its traceability.

20th June 2018.

Bottle ageing
Three years and nine months.

Data at bottling
Alcohol 13% Vol.; pH 3.22; Total Acidity 4.90 grams/litre;
Volatile Acidity 0.25 grams/litre.

Total Sulphur Dioxide less than 59 milligrams/litre
(maximum legal limit: 200 milligrams/litre).