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Nyetimber Manor is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was once home to Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII. Nearly 1,000 years later it is producing one of the finest sparkling wines in the world. It was purchased by Stuart and Sandy Moss in 1986, who were convinced that the gently undulating south-facing slopes with well-drained, Greensand soils would be ideal for production of high quality grapes for making sparkling wines. They planted 20 hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and produced their first wine, a Blanc de Blancs, in 1992. In 1993 they made their first release of Classic Cuvée which is a Champagne-style Chardonnay/Pinot blend. Tillington is a plot with vines planted in 2006 and 2007, sharing similar soil (greensand, not chalk, but like this drains well and heats up quickly so helping with ripening) to other sites they own. Nyetimber produces what is undoubtedly the best sparkling wine in the country. The French were harder to convince until 1997 when in a blind tasting Nyetimber's 1992 Blanc de Blancs caused a debate as to which area of France it came from. Nyetimber wines have since won rave-reviews and International medals and, have also won the admiration of members of the Royal Family and various Heads of State. Nyetimber is now owned by entrepreneurial "flying Dutchman" Eric Heerema.
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Nyetimber's history has been colourful, its vinous ownership having passed from the American Stuart Moss, via the flamboyant pop impresario Andy Hill to the Dutch entrepreneur Eric Heerema. In the more distant past it was built by Henry VIII for Anne of Cleves, although she never actually took ownership, thanks, famously, to Holbein's pictorial exaggeration of her charms. The 2009 classic cuvée is a blend from the three classic Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Attractive red fruit aromas, courtesy of the Pinots cede to a rounded palate where notes of brioche and yellow fruit sit harmoniously with white flowers and grilled almonds. A more than worthy match for all but the very best Champagnes.
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Nyetimber's history has been colourful, its vinous ownership having passed from the American Stuart Moss, via the flamboyant pop impresario Andy Hill to the Dutch entrepreneur Eric Heerema. In the more distant past it was built by Henry VIII for Anne of Cleves, although she never actually took ownership, thanks, famously, to Holbein's pictorial exaggeration of her charms. The heat and dust of 2003 left many warmer European vineyards struggling for balance in their wines; no such problem in West Sussex where the sun was extremely welcome and had resulted in one of the best ever wines from this impressive Estate. Aromas of nectarine and sourdough lead onto a poised and harmoniously balanced palate, with the fruit riper and more expressive than in 2001 and less evidence of the slightly grassy notes that one sometimes associates with English sparklers. Extended ageing has added a pleasing biscuit complexity and the finish is both refreshing and powerful. (Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)