The Cuvée Cherie Demi-Sec is a multi-vintage 100% Chardonnay from West Sussex and Hampshire containing 38g/L residual sugar. Readers in the US should note that this is exactly the same as the Demi-Sec, in which previous bottles were labelled without vineyard designation. It has a well-defined, brioche-tinged bouquet that demonstrates more reserve than expected, with light almond scents mixing with honey and lemon thyme. The palate offers dried honey, tangerine, hints of pink grapefruit and a dab of sour lemon that neatly counterbalances the not-excessive sweetness on the finish. Fine.
Drink 2020 - 2030
Neal Martin, Vinous.com (July 2020)
Aged for all of five years on lees in bottle. RS 38 g/l.
Really quite sweet! Not sure when I would find to drink this but sweetness plus English acidity is quite a good mixture.
Drink 2023 - 2026
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (October 2023)
Nyetimber created this demi-sec blanc de blancs, named after the winemaker Cherie Spriggs, to complement delicate desserts, but like many sweeter styles, it can also work well as a pairing for gently spiced Asian cuisine. It's a multi-vintage wine with 38g/L residual sugar and has spent five years ageing on its lees in bottle. It feels luxurious to drink, ripe and honeyed with red apple sweetness and notes of toffee. It achieves perfect harmony between richness and freshness and would also work well as an aperitif, served with chicken liver paté on toast or to accompany a cream tea.
Drink 2023 - 2026
Amy Wislocki, at WeWork, London SE1, Decanter.com (October 2023)
About this WINE
For over twenty five years Nyetimber has had a single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world, including champagne.
A true pioneer, Nyetimber was the first producer of English sparkling wine to exclusively grow the three celebrated grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Each bottle of Nyetimber is made from one hundred percent estate-grown grapes.
1988, Nyetimber planted its first vines. In 1997 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. Owner and Chief Executive Eric Heerema and winemaker Cherie Spriggs are committed to producing wines of exceptional quality.
Nyetimber Manor is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was once home to Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII. 1,000 years later it is producing one of the finest sparkling wines in the world.
Located in southern England, Sussex has emerged as a promising region for wine production in recent years.
The country's cool climate and chalky soil, reminiscent of the renowned Champagne region in France, have created favourable conditions for vineyards to flourish.
Winemaking in Sussex focuses on sparkling wines made from traditional methods using classic grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.
Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.
It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.
Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.