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History

History

Chile’s first traditional method sparkling wine house.

Azur is a milestone in the history of Chilean sparkling wine, establishing a new level of quality among domestically produced sparkling wine.
Founding partners Rafael Guillisasti, Stefano Rossi and Fabio Mascialino conceived this project inspired by the classical Champagne houses in France, and found the technical support in Franco Ziliani, owner of Berlucchi, the acclaimed Italian sparkling wine brand.
In its second stage, the development of the project was entrusted to three young people, who have execute the venture with enthusiasm and creativeness. They are: Sofia Guillisasti, in charge of marketing and image, Francisco Molina, sales Manager, and the Italian winemaker Carlo Franchini.
That´s how the first Traditional Method Sparkling Wine House in Chile was born, exclusively dedicated to the production of high quality sparkling wines.

The Method

The Method

Azur is produced following Traditional Method, also known as Champenoise, a series of practices originated in the French region of Champagne.

It’s common to hear among sparkling wine enthusiasts the story of how Dom Perignon (1638-1715) invented the Traditional Method; nowadays we know that he was responsible for establishing the basic techniques of the method. Undoubtedly, Dom Perignon made wide contributions to the process, especially for creating standards for wine harvest and winemaking. Moreover, several innovations are attributed to him, including the use –for the first time- of cork caps, and reinforced bottles that can handle de pressure of fermentation. Another central character in the development of the Traditional Method is Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin (1777-1866), also known as Veuve Clicquot, who created the remuage technique and bottle labeling, which allowed her to export the first bottles to Russian tsars and later enhancing the category to a world level. Nowadays, the regions of Champagne and Franciacorta are places where the production of sparkling wine must be done exclusively through the Traditional Method. Now, in Limari Valley, Azur is born as the first specialized house in the production of Sparkling Wines through this method, achieving premium quality products comparable to the old continent wines.
We perform the method under the supervision of the traditional method winemaker Carlo Franchini.Method explained below.

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Azur

AZUR


With a unique minerality and freshness, Azur is the Icon sparkling wine in Chile.

Technical Sheet

Intense bright yellow sun color, in view AZUR reveals a lively, persistent and fine bubbles chain.
The nose presents generous, soft and evocative floral notes, with some toasted bread and dried fruit notes. With a marked Brut personality, AZUR joins adequate acidity on the palate that blends delicately with a structure marked mineral notes that distinguish and characterize our product.
It has a good persistence on the palate as well as a unique and elegant aftertaste.

Azurazo

Azurazo

Also known as sabrer, the Azurazo is the practice of opening a traditional method sparkling wine with a saber.


This old Napoleonic tradition consists on opening a sparkling wine with a short saber or knife, causing the bottle neck to be expelled from the rest of the bottle with no need to extract the cork or the wire hoods.
Not all bottles can be opened this way, only traditional method sparkling wine can, because of the quality of the bottle, and its internal pressure. Each and every bottle of Azur is made to resist the over pressures of 6 atm, so when the weakest point of the bottle is hit; it´s neck is expelled without splintering the whole bottle.
Both Azur bottles [750cc y Magnum 1500cc] are perfect for performing the Azurazo.
*Azur does not respond on accidents as a consequence of this practice.

Terroir

Terroir

The desert-like climate of the Valley of Limari provides the perfect environment to produce a unique sparkling wine.

The proximity to the sea, just about 30 km from the Pacific Ocean, allows the Humboldt Current to bring freshness to the valley in the summertime, and thermal fluctuation between day and night. The afternoon breeze and the camanchaca (morning fog) are other important climate aspects.
As a consequence of the desert-like climate, each grape cluster is treated with maximum care and delicateness. From this semi extreme conditions, we´re able to obtain the best expressions from our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

During the Renaissance era, the intense blue color obtained from the lapis lazuli gem called Azur, was considered as precious as gold.

The intense and vivid blue from Azur is one of the most difficult colors to obtain from the nature and the only way to get it was by pulverizing this very unique stone.
In whole world, there are only to two lapis lazuli mineral deposits, one of those is hidden in the mountain range of the valley. This gem is so important that it was declared “Chile’s national Gem.”
Azur color has been for centuries a treasure that is only getable after a long and careful work. In the same way nowadays on the Limari Valley, each bottle of Azur is like a treasure you can know enjoy after a unique process and Teroir.

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INFO@AZUR.CL

Directions

Get off the highway at the Socos exit at kilometer 372.

Then take Route D-45, going towards Ovalle. At kilometer 20 of Route D-45 (turn or bear) right going towards Punitaqui.

At the first intersection (approximately kilometer 2) turn right in the direction of Chalinga and continue along the dirt road for 3 kilometers.