Nyetimber English Sparkling, Classic Cuvee, NV
This is the King of English Sparkling, so much so that some of their vintages have won awards in competitions against Champagne. Not surprising, given that it is made using Methode Champenoise, and the same grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. it is made in West Sussex, in the south of the UK, where the climate is perfect for sparkling wine production. it has reasonably warm weather and chalky soil which produces sparkling wine with a minerality in its taste. The french are also in agreement, so much so that some of the most prestigious Champagne houses, such as Taittinger, have been buying up land & planting new vines near Kent, with the intention to start releasing bottles of English grown bubbly. I wonder what they will call this new wines? English Champagne? Doubtful!
Most surprising is that Nyetimber is owned by a Dutch man, although sadly his wines are not available in the Netherlands. you can purchase direct from Nyetimber with a minimum of 6 bottles. The Nyetimber estate owns all of its 170 hectares of vines, and has been around since the Doomsday book, with the first vines planted 900 years later!
Tasting Notes: This is a very fresh wine, showing lots of zesty citrus. You will also find the typical champagne aromas of toasted brioche and almonds this is due to ageing on the lees for at least 3 years. The flavour palate reflects the primary aromas, it can be very lemon forward with a mineral tang, with after notes of baked apple and a slight nuttiness. there is some dryness there also, but not unpleasant. It has a light straw colour with fine bubbles, and is really pleasant to drink.
If you can get your hands on this, please do. it is worth the 20 euro shipping fee from the UK!