2016 Nyetimber, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Sussex, England

2016 Nyetimber, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Sussex, England

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2016 Nyetimber, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Sussex, England

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The 2016 Blanc de Blancs is another absolutely stunning vintage sparkling wine from Nyetimber. There is a beautiful collection of citrus aromas, with ripe lemon, zesty orange and white grapefruit peel, all underscored by a toasty backbone. There are biscuity orange notes on the palate, with fresh, crisp apple supported by plumper peach hints and a salty bite. This has the structure, fruit concentration and balance to age wonderfully.

Drink 2024 - 2032

Charlie Leech, Buying Assistant, Berry Bros. & Rudd

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20

100% Chardonnay from West Sussex and Hampshire. Bottled 23 March 2017 and disgorged 24 May 2023. RS 9.6 g/l. TA 7.4 g/l, pH 3.2.

Big bubbles on first pouring. Sweet-smelling citrus with a touch of white blossom, toasty autolytic notes, and an inviting fruit ripeness. Deliciously toasty on the palate as well as intensely fresh, a good balance of fruit depth, lees-aged creamy-rich and rounded texture, and mouth-watering acidity. Mousse is much finer in the mouth than it appeared in the glass. It is long, with masses of acidity and tension, and really refined. The aftertaste seems a little sweet-sour, which brought my note down from 17 to 16.5.

Drink 2024 - 2028

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com (May 2024)

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About this WINE

Nyetimber Vineyard

Nyetimber Vineyard

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.

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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.

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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.

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