With Diwali festivities knocking at our door, it’s definitely time to savour and sip a bubbly wine, says SI deputy editor, Kanika Dhawan. Thick on the heels of Sula’s sparkling trioka and premium sparklers from Moët-Hennessy India, comes the launch of Fratelli’s Gran Cuvée Brut, yet another sparkling reason to celebrate. This is the first sparkling wine from Fratelli – the Akluj-based winery that recently also brought out Asia’s first Sangiovese Bianco.
Created using the traditional méthode champenoise, the launch of the Gran Cuvée Brut coincided with the unveiling of Chandon Brut and Chandon Brut Rosé , two locally made sparkling wines from grapes grown in the Nashik region. This is the first time the luxury house of Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines is producing a wine in India, especially for the Indian market.
“Gran Cuvée” translates to “best white wine of the house,” which has been matured in a cellar; Brut is a style of wine that is dry and crisp. Typically, a sparkling wine is made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chenin Blanc. But the Gran Cuvée Brut is 100% Chenin Blanc.
The famed creator of Fratelli Wines, Piero Masi explained the process of making Gran Cuvée, “We add a mixture of the base wine and sucrose called liqueur d’expédition to the blend. This is not to make the wine sweet, but to balance the high acidity of the blend. As the name suggests, the wine we have created at Fratelli is called Brut, meaning dry and having very less quantity of sugar.”
At the launch, Kapil Sekhri, Fratelli’s Managing Director said, “The team at Fratelli has an uncompromising and single-minded determination to produce the best wines in India. Unquestionably, they have outdone themselves to produce one of the finest sparkling in the country, and we hope the wine loving audiences will love the Fratelli Gran Cuvée Brut as much.”
Tasting Notes: The Fratelli Gran Cuvée Brut like good champagne has typical bready-yeast notes on the nose. The wine has a delicate and creamy texture with lovely persistent bubbles and a touch of citrus on the pallet, coupled with the typical Fratelli Chenin Blanc minerality. It also has a nice persistency in the mouth, as well as the glass.
Grape: The Chenin Blanc grapes express typical mineral notes and acidity, perfectly balanced, making this Indian sparkling a surprisingly elegant experience.
Food Pairing: Excellent with sushi, prawns, oysters, duck spring rolls, smoked salmon; liver pate and creamy chicken dishes.
Serving Temperature: 3°-7°C
Mumbai – Rs 995
New Delhi – Rs 1,050