Once in a while you come across a winery that is so special that everything you know and all the knowledge you have can be reduced to nothing. Meeting the Del Bono brothers immediately makes you look at the wine making and experience process differently. Aurelio and Emilio del Bono inherited vineyards from their father, who at the time made sparkling wines for his own pleasure. The brothers were then still soft drink distributors, mainly engaged in home deliveries. When they took over their father's winery, Aurelio immediately focused on the vineyards and the cellar, while Emilio felt more at home in the office. Before they started this, both brothers learned nothing but what their own father taught them.
Aurelio quickly became obsessed with the Champagne region (and with cult legend Jacques Selosse in particular), after which he also started planting the famous 'Champagne grapes'. Currently, the vineyards mainly contain Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, but other French grape varieties are also represented on smaller plots; Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Blanc are part of the Casa Caterina arsenal. Aurelio also always states that the terroir in Franciacorta is very similar to the terroir in Champagne, but he was not Italian if he did not say that Franciacorta is just a bit better than in Champagne. There are discussions about this, but the name of Franciacorta could also be traced back to Champagne.
The soil of the orchards is mostly limestone, the ords are steeply situated, and the cool climate all contribute to the beautiful elegance of the brothers' wines. In addition to managing the orchards, Aurelio is mainly involved in the ripening process. Maturing is everything to him, whether the wines are sparkling or not. All sparkling wines are left sur lie for a minimum of 36 months before disgorging, which are periods of time reserved in Champagne for only the most prestigious cuvées. In some cases, even more time is allocated for the silent white and the silent red. One of the most memorable wines ever tasted was Noncè, a non-ouillé Gewürztraminer from 2009. So you know.
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