2013 Blanc de Blancs Brut English Sparkling Wine
|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
|Classification||English Sparkling Wine|
The wine is 100% Chardonnay with 9 g/l of dosage to balance the 10.4 g/l of titratable acidity. The base wine includes a small percentage of oak-aged wine (though there is no overt oak influence detectable on the nose or palate). This vintage was aged for 28 months on the lees and was initially released in January 2017. Today, the additional 18 months in bottle has served it well. What started out as over-compressed fruit intensity has become much less austere and more succulent with time. It displays all the toasty aromas of classic lees-aged sparkling wine, and the fruit has a vivid, crunchy green-apple flavour that seems characteristically English. Not only that, but the packaging and branding is extremely smart, and the quality across the range and with each new vintage seems to be improving all the time. All of which is ample reason to recommend Gusbourne's Blanc de Blancs as a wine of the week – and it tasted just as delicious on my wedding day in 2012 as it did on my 40th birthday just this week. Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jul 2018)
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Despite boasting only a short history (the 2006 was their first release) Gusbourne Estate vineyards have notched up quite a reputation, winning awards along the way. The vineyard is at Appledore in Kent, roughly mid-way between Ashford and Rye. Planted with the 'usual' trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the grapes are hand-picked. A small portion of the harvest is fermented in oak, but most of it takes place in stainless-steel before the second fermentation in bottle. The wines are aged on their lees for a minimum of 22 months before dégorgement.
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