Merlot is certainly not Umbria’s most typical grape, however, the region’s soft-rolling hills, the continental climate, the right amount of rain in Spring, and the dry, sunny climate in the Summer guarantee the perfect conditions for the development of this international mainstay.
First bottled in the 80s as an “experiment,” (it had been previously used by Cantina Tudernum as a mixer to enhance other reds) Francoré is now one of the winery’s flagship products and it has obtained awards and mentions internationally.
Attentive vinification and a short ageing process in the winery give the product a good structure with a young personality and pleasantly fresh notes.
This wine should be served at room temperature and accompanied by spiced cheeses, red meats and game.
Production zone: Todi
Altitude: 300-400 m above sea level
Spacing: mt 3×1
Density cultivation: 3.300 vines per hectare
Cultivation: spurred cordon
Yield per hectare: 10 tons
Harvesting: 20th September/1thOctober
Vinification: medium-long steeping
Ageing: aged for 6 months, in barrels of durmast, aged in bottle
Alcoholic content: 13-13,5%
Gastronomic combinations: spicy cheeses, red meat, game
Serving temperature: 18°C to be oxygenized
Colour: brillant ruby red
Bouquet: fruity, very intense with soft vanilla scent
Flavour: dry, soft rightly tannic, balanced