Country- Italy

Region- Lombardy

Appellation- Franciacorta

Grape- 78% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Blanc

Producer- The Antinori family have been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries and exporting it for four. The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1900 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion which shows no signs of abating. Through judicious acquisition of vineyards and an uncanny knack for developing iconic wines, Antinori has become Tuscany’s – arguably Italy’s – pre-eminent wine producer, with an important presence in Piedmont, Lombardy, Umbria and Puglia as well as their Tuscan heartland.

Winery- The first fermentation took place in stainless steel vats and the second in bottle, with subsequent contact on the yeasts for thirty-six months before disgorgement.

Taste- Superb traditional method fizz from the Antinori stable – crisp apple fruit with lemony finesse has acquired subtle richness and perfect tiny bubbles from extended time on the lees.

Antinori, Cuvée Royal, Franciacorta, NV

£29.95Price