1701 Franciacorta societá agricola
Location: Cazzago San Martino, Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy
Vineyards extension: 22 acres
Vine growing:  Biodynamic (certified Demeter, Organic certified, Vegan certified, Renaissance Des Appellations member)
Wine making:  Natural (Renaissance Des Appellations member)
Grapes grown:  Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
People at the winery:  Silvia and Federico Stefini (principals), Giulio Braga (winemaker)
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'.
Silvia and Federico Stefini
1701 Franciacorta presentation and website: 1701

SULLERBA
Sullerba is Chardonnay classic method.  First fermentation is done in amphora on native yeast. Second  fermentation in bottle using as re-starter  must of the same grapes.  Wine is not disgorged and is to be served unfiltered.   The nose has hints of pineapple and white pepper, tyme, rosemary.  The mouth is sapid and pleasant.  Zesty due to the bright acidity and the fine bubbles;  again tropical fruit, white pepper and rosemary herbs.
1701 FRANCIACORTA BRUT
This wine is Chardonnay (85%) and Pinot Noir (15%).  First fermentation is achieved on native in stainless steel.  Second  fermentation in the bottle restarted by the addition of chilled must.  Like all 1701 wines is a pas dose’.  Wine is disgorged after 30 months.  Color is a deep bright yellow with tiny fine perlage.  The nose has pan brioche, balsamic notes some even find graphite.  The mouth is full and well integrated, it has notes of geranium anisette bell pepper and a bright finish with red apple.
1701 ROSE' FRANCIACORTA  Brut
This great bubble is from Pinot Noir left on skins to get maximum extraction.  After the first fermentation on native the wine is fermented like all 1701 wines in the bottle by adding frozen must to restart the fermentation.  Wine is disgorged after a minimum of 30 months.  Color is a bright  yet delicate  pink.  In the glass the wine has very fine bubbles.  The nose shows orange flowers, raspberry, pomegranate, cherries.  The mouth is dry a little tannic with zesty notes and dry red berries, very elegant.
1701 SATEN FRANCIACORTA BRUT
Saten means velvety. It is unique to Franciacorta Appellation and requires the use of just white grapes (Chardonnay or Pinot Bianco but the latter one just to a max of 50%) and a lower pressure (must be lower than 5 bars).  After the first fermentation on native the wine is fermented like all 1701 wines in the bottle by adding frozen must (less than would be added in the other cases)  to restart the fermentation.  Wine is disgorged after a minimum of 30 months.  The resulting is a wine that shows ripeness and creaminess.  The color is deep.  The nose is of pan brioche, toast even gunflint.  The mouth is full and rich the bubbles are very tiny and persistent. Tannins are marked and so it is the acidity.
1701 VINTAGE PAS DOSE' FRANCIACORTA BRUT
Chardonnay (90%) and Pinot Noir (10%) from the vineyards of Brolo and Collina.  This single vintage pas dose’ is the best expression of 1701 wines.  First fermentation on native in stainless steel.  Second  fermentation in the bottle restarted by the addition of chilled must.  Wine stays on lees for a minimum of 40 months. The nose of this wine is of croissant apricot orange peel and tobacco.  The mouth is full yet vibrant, the tannins are there rounded , bubbles tiny, sumptuous and long finish.