It is believed by many that Blanc de Blancs could potentially become England’s flagship sparkling wine style. At their best, these wines, made from 100% white grapes (typically Chardonnay) are elegant, focussed and vibrant with a core of crisp acidity and subtle apple and citrus aromas backed by brioche and creamy characteristics contributed by lees ageing. Great Blanc de Blancs wines have great acidity and English-grown Chardonnay grapes have acidity in abundance, like many of our best fruits, from Cox’s apples to blackcurrants and rhubarb. Whilst this needs to be tempered with extended lees age contact and judicious use of dosage and perhaps some oak, when done well it is the key to producing fine sparkling wines like no other.
Our 2015 Blanc de Blancs is made with hand-picked whole bunch pressed Chardonnay grapes selected from our own vineyard on gently sloping sandstone soils just inland from the South Downs. The grapes were gently pressed and the carefully selected finest cuvée juice underwent primary and full malo-lactic fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks prior to blending with a small proportion of 2014 reserve Chardonnay wine. Following bottling and secondary fermentation the wines gently matured for 4 years on their yeast lees prior to disgorging.
Perfect with light seafood dishes such as oysters, crab salad, prawns with parsley and lemon, or lightly smoked salmon but also will compliment well roasted chicken or richer risottos.
- 85% Chardonnay Cuvee 2015, 15% Chardonnay 2014
- Full malo-lactic fermentation
- 4 years on lees
- Dosage: 6.5 g/L (Brut)
- Bottle produced: 3,500