2013 Brut Reserve Brut English Sparkling Wine
|Grapes||Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
|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.
Much is made of the strata of chalk soil that hosts the vineyards of Champagne, that runs under northern France and the Channel to re-emerge in Kent and Sussex as the Downs, and many of England’s vineyards cling to that very chalk soil. But, crucially, we have the climate, on the very margins of where grapes can be persuaded to ripen, to produce the tart base wines that are ideal for high quality sparkling wine production. All that, the classic grape varieties and much expertise and even more enthusiasm has propelled England to the forefront of the sparkling wine world. In this case we've got wines from five different estates, all with something to say on the subject, and the case includes a couple of cheeky rosés because we do it so well.
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