Bolney Classic Cuvée Brut NV
Bolney Wine Estate, Classic Cuvée
This is the wine to replace the soon-to-be-departed 'Bolney Bubbly.' The 'classic cuvée' is based on the 'classic' Champagne trio of grapes. The chardonnay, as always at Bolney, is the matriarch of the vineyard. Her short temper and high-pitched voice are easily recognizable with laser-like acidity. Pinot noir sits near the throne, but never on it and will always walk behind 'her majesty' while being presented. The pinot noir softens the chardonnay and yet provides a weight for the chardonnay to be built upon. Meunier adds a splash of fun, like a court jester. This is a delicious and yet quite sophisticated new entry into the Bolney court.
The grapes are hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to tank, each vinified separately. Sam made the selection with a vision in mind for drinkability and yet site specificity. The blend was produced with that in mind and put to bottle for secondary fermentation where it gained complexity and breadth on the lees for three years. The wines were disgorged and topped with an 11 gram per liter dosage. It may seem high but 13 grams per liter of total acidity is enamel ripping, so 11 grams of sugar is more than welcome. The wine is fun and still very serious.
Delightful floral and brioche notes combine with zesty apple and citrus fruit, fresh and clean with a vibrant finish, hedgerow fruits and brioche notes combine with sweet apple and stone fruits. Fresh and elegant with a good body and persistent mousse.
Pair with fish - especially oily fish - dishes such as salmon en croute & smoked mackerel pâté.
Region: England - West Sussex
Varietal: 55% Chardonnay - 43% Pinot Noir - 2% Pinot Meunier
Vintage: NV (2013 based)
Vineyard: The Bolney Estate Vineyard
Vine Age: Average: 12 years old
Soil Type: Sandy Loam, Siltstone and Clay over Sandstone Bedrock
TA: 13 grams per liter
Residual Sugar: 11 grams per liter
Oak: None - 3 months in stainless steel
Production: 1,250 cases produced
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