(2016) A favourite of mine in previous vintages, this zero dosage organic Franciacorta comes from a single vineyard and spends 60 months on the lees. It's a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the base wine fermented and aged six months in barriques. Just delicious richness here despite the absence of sugar, the shimmering lemon acidity is superb, just vivacious and sparky, with supreme brightness, the ripeness of fruit balancing the acidity.
(2016) High summer temperatures led to an early harvest, but small crop. Quite a depth of colour here, just a very slightly sherried character, slightly less fresh than it might be. Sweet on the palate, seems to be an almost Botrytis note, toasty and sweet, pleasant but not the quality or definition of the younger and better vintages.
(2016) A good average climatic year, with no extremes and good crop levels. Quite truffley, a touch less clear and perhaps less harmonious than the younger wines, the palate a little less pure. The balance is good, with good acid levels though the flavours don't full push through.
(2016) After a temperamental spring the summer saw settled, sunny weather and good diurnal shift. A touch lighter than the 2006 in colour, but a big step up on the 2004 and 2003 with lovely tertiary aromas, a salty note joining lightly earthy, truffle and vegetal notes, complex but feeling quite young and taut. Delicious autolytic character, bready and brioche flavours and then lemon rind and mineral acidity.
(2016) A mix of rain and very dry conditions over spring and summer, but August saw perfect conditions and a 10°C diurnal shift. A slightly deeper colour than the 2007, a hint of burnished gold. Complex, developed aromatics here, salts and citrus, a hint of mushroom and truffle and yet herby/floral nuances too. Superb palate, definite toasty and peachy development, but gorgeous finesse, the acidity thrilling and clear in the finish.
(2016) A mild winter and early vine growth, bud break 20 days earlier than average. A mild summer allowed long, slow ripening, with a well-timed heat spike just before harvest in the second week of August. Quite pale - paler than the '08 or '09 - and yeasty, with a touch of toffee and honey, but it seems very elegant and refined aromatically, and youthful. Creamy and ripe, and a delicious example which may have considerable ageing potential as that refined acidity and balance is there.
(2016) Still a touch of green to the pale gold colour. Fine, light, toasty nose again a little flinty character, and such lovely crunchy apple and citrus - lime peel and lemon peel. Great combination of juicy freshness and that developed toastiness. Nice taut finish.
(2016) Very good weather conditions in 2009, slightly earlier bud-break and harvested two weeks earlier than 2010. I really enjoyed this opulent EBB, where I detected a little more new oak perhaps, its buttercup hue showing real Chardonnay apple-pie creaminess and a hint of flinty minerality. The palate shows plenty of fine orangey fruit and singing acidity, full and yet shimmering with life and freshness. Arguably a less refined style than some here but I loved its generosity.
(2016) Early summer was uncharacteristically cold and wet, and led to a late harvest, but thankfully in perfect conditions through August (harvested last week of August). A touch deeper in colour than the 2011 for sure, some toffee and toffee apple betraying the later harvest perhaps, a little honey but delicate chamomile notes too. The fatness comes through on the palate, in a wine that is considerably more advanced than the 2011, with good acids, but perhaps without the decisive clarity. Still rather delicious.
(2016) A warm spring and cool-ish summer, with adequate rainfall, made for a good growing season. It was also a big cropping year, with enough for Mosnel and other producers to lay down substantial reserves. It is a beautifully racy EBB, but there is richness too, the pale golden colour and a nice breadiness very inviting. Citrus peel and crisp Chardonnay fruit on the palate, a light but creamy mousse and a salty tang of acidity in the finish.