Barone Pizzini was founded in 1870 by the noble family of the same name. It is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta, and was the first winery in the region to promote biodiversity and natural farming methods. This choice was made in the mid-nineties because it was considered an essential condition to have “live” vines, which give healthy grapes to make high-quality wines that are a complete expression of the terroir.
Barone Pizzini’s Satèn is made exclusively of the best Chardonnay grapes from six vineyards: Prada, Roncaglia, Roccolo, Clogna, Carabioli and Ronchi. Soils here are morainic with glacial deposits sitting at 200-280 meters above sea level. Even ripening and high natural acidity are key in this selection of grapes to achieve distinct Satèn style: elegance, freshness of aroma, and finesse of perlage.
After an August harvest, Chardonnay is gently pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and barrels. It is aged for six months in stainless steel tanks and barriques, followed by 30 to 40 months in bottle on the natural yeasts until disgorgement and a dosage mixture of 2-3g/l of organic sugar is added.
Satèn is the apex of white grapes in Franciacorta. Gentle pressing is a time-honored technique for the style to achieve ideal freshness and finesse. Additionally, DOCG rules in Franciacorta state that Satèn cannot exceed five atmospheres of pressure, creating the signature silky texture. Moraine soils favors white varieties, delivering complex aromas and minerality.
Satèn offers a range of textural play at the table. The polished yet defined fruit flavors stand up to the textures and bold flavors of smoked fish, such as salmon. The velvety, melts-in-your-mouth nature of carpaccio matches the silky mouth feel of Satèn.