2013 Brut Reserve Brut English Sparkling Wine
|Grapes||Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
|Classification||English Sparkling Wine|
The 2013 Brut Reserve is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 27% Pinot Meunier and 18% Chardonnay from Burgundy clones planted on heavy clay soils near the Romney Marshes. This was disgorged in 2016. It has a fresh pear and green apple bouquet that needs to show more delineation (à la Blanc de Blancs). The palate is simple and light and fresh: nicely balanced with fresh green apples and citrus lemon. Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jun 2017)
*Case Price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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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