On the top of Santa Giulia hill, beside the cluniac church of the same name, the glorious eighteenth century villa Palazzo Cazzago is home to our winery. The villa is part of ancient land belonging to the noble families Bettoni and Cazzago. The land includes approximately 15 hectares of hillside in Cazzago San Martino, Franciacorta.
The name 1701 was chosen to recall the first vinification of our “brolo”, a 4 hectare vineyard framed by XI century walls.
1701 Franciacorta is a 10 ha organic certified winery. We have recently received Demeter certification, the first and only certified biodynamic producer in the Franciacorta region. As members of Renaissance des Appellations we follow biodynamic farming methods – an approach which excludes any chemical intervention. It is ultimately a philosophy of life, about working closely with the vine, understanding and respecting its life cycle until the point when bottled it can fully express its vitality and character and above all the authenticity of its terroir. From our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards, we produce Franciacorta Brut, Satèn and Rosé and a Vintage Dosaggio Zero in exceptional years. Our range also includes Sullerba, a semi sparkling Chardonnay ‘sur lie’.
The hand-harvested grapes for the Brut (85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir) are carefully sorted before being gently pressed. The wine spent a minimum of 30 months on its lees and is bottled after a light filtration and no fining.
The palate is full and generous – green and red apple, brioche and citrus notes – wonderfully balanced by racy and vibrant mineral character.