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Berry Bros. & Rudd English Sparkling Wine

Berry Bros. & Rudd English Sparkling Wine

White | Drink now | Berry Bros. & Rudd Own Selection | Code:  52517 | England > Kent | Champagne Blend | Medium Bodied, Brut | 12.0 % alcohol

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The Producer

Berry Bros. & Rudd Own Selection

Berry Bros. & Rudd Own Selection

With the exception of the few shown here, most of the Berrys' Own wines are listed under the wines' producer. The full list can be seen here.

Anyone opening a Berrys' Own Selection wine will be tasting a benchmark example of the style, from a producer with a proven track record at the top of the quality ladder in their particular field of expertise.

The Grape

Champagne Blend

Champagne Blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.


The Region

Kent

Kent

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