Classic Cuvée Brut
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier|
|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
Good intensity, ripe citrus, quince, yellow plum with nice autolytic notes coming through, biscuit, nut and bread with just a touch of something floral. Clean and bright on the palate with rich citrus again, biscuit and toast, great freshness, very pure with excellent length. L&S (Nov 2021)
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Really interesting, layered nose. Absolutely no excess of acidity at all, so I would guess there is quite a bit of reserve wine in here. Really a standout in terms of balance. I'd love to taste this blind with a similarly priced champagne. Smoky, broad and mouth-filling. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2021)
This English fizz rivals Grand Cru Champagne with its dazzling spectrum of gorgeous complexity. Superb.Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday (Oct 2020)
The Classic Cuvée comes from estate-grown grapes, 30–40% Pinot Noir, 10–20% Pinot Meunier and 50–60% Chardonnay with around 30% reserve wine. This was disgorged in January 2019. It has an attractive bouquet of baked green apples and a subtle leesy note that becomes more prominent with aeration. The palate is pleasantly weighty on the entry, then quite malic, with Conference pears intermingling with Granny Smith apples. Hints of vanilla surface toward the pleasing, easygoing finish. Fine. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jul 2020)
In 1988, as Lea & Sandeman was founded, the vines were being planted here in West Sussex. Few vineyards in England are better placed to exploit the similarity between the soils of the South Downs and those of the Champagne region in France than Nyetimber in West Sussex. But it took a couple from Chicago - Stuart and Sandy Moss - to bring the dream to life when they bought Nyetimber Manor in 1986. Vineyards followed from 1988 onwards, and the first vintage released was the 1992.
Nyetimber is now owned by Eric Heerema who already owned a vineyard in West Sussex when he bought Nyetimber in 2006 and had identified more land for planting. All were amalgamated into Nyetimber which now comprises some 350 acres, all planted to Chardonnay and the Pinots Noir and Meunier, making it at the time the biggest vineyard in England, and the first to use only these three Champagne varieties
Eric's greatest act was probably the hiring of married couple Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrex in 2007, who are both winemakers, with Cherie taking the 'head winemaker' role. The couple, who had tasted a bottle given to them by Cherie's parents and recognised the potential, have, as the Nytimber website puts it 'been integral to building Nyetimber into a sparkling wine producer that rivals the best in the world'.
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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