Alm a Gran Cuvée BellavistaIt is the ultimate expression of a project whose objective has been the search for the pure essence of harmony since 1977. Today it symbolises a tradition that strives to represent, in terms of quality and type, the most mysterious soul of the land of Franciacorta, and the wine-making style of Bellavista. This result is achieved through craft methods that have become rare, as a result of the painstaking care we take with each individual phase of the process and the respect we have for ‘time’, choosing nature and its extraordinary biodiversity as the only guide and yardstick.
Origin: Its name, Alma, pays homage to the Land of Franciacorta which produces wonders to behold (from the Latin ‘almus’ meaning to nurture, feed, give life to, and by extension great, noble, magnificent).The widely-appreciated results found in Alma Gran Cuvée are obtained from 10 plots in the 10 districts of Franciacorta only, which have proven to be more suited to expressing characteristics of quality and elegance over the years. This choice requires a distinctive geographical location that meets the following requirements: South or South-East orientation, an altitude of 200-350 metres, and full exposure to the breezes coming from Lake Iseo nd the foothills of the Alps.
Grapes: The composition of the grapes is now redefined by a larger percentage of Pinot Nero (22%), which introduces character, structure and depth to the components represented by Chardonnay (77%) and Pinot Bianco (1%).
At the winery: The focus on the most subtle dierences in the terrroir continues relentlessly during the wine-making process, reaching a peak with the creation of the wines, a true and proper ‘art’ in which the uniqueness of each cru is immersed to obtain a complete, complex ‘ensemble’, destined to acquire perfect harmony through time. The selection made at the vineyard is fully expressed in the wine cellar, where each individual plot is harvested separately to maintain the integrity and purity of the wealth of biodiversity sought in the vineyard. Bellavista has 120 harvest variations available every year, and added to these are at least 20 selections obtained from past harvests – 140 variations in total available for creating a cuvée. This wonderful site produces Alma Gran Cuveé, creating its own unique story through the formation of at least 75 of these variations. Within this diverse range, the reserve wines represent the greatest treasure trove to draw from when defining and continuing the sensory profile that characterises Bellavista style through time. Another distinguishing factor that adds value and uniqueness to this Gran Cuvée is the fermentation and production of at least 35% of its wines in small white oak barrels that are more than 35 years old. Yet another aspect of quality that confers the recognised complexity of Alma Gran Cuvée’s aroma and taste.
Refinement: The refinement period for Alma Gran Cuvée is at least 40 months, starting from harvest time.
The taste: White, bubbly and persistent mousse. Tiny pearl-like chains forming an obvious crown that lasts. Dynamically fizzy and full of vigour. Bright yellow in colour and luminous with obvious glints of green. Bouquet characterised by strong minerality. Full and inviting, it embraces hints of sweet ripe fruit, meringue, pastries and candied citrus peel. Flavour that fully matches the nose, with a creamy, almost crunchy sensation and a texture that combines elegance and lightness, depth and harmony. The vibrant and contemporary character reflects its unmistakeable identity. A character which is uncompromisingly supported by a freshness that maintains its balance over time, revealing a promise of longevity.