Blanc de Blancs, 2010


Sparkling White

This is an English Sparkling wine.

Contains Sulphites.

About Nyetimber

Nyetimber was the first producer to really put English Sparkling Wine on the map. After years of English growers labouring with high acid Germanic and hybrid grape varieties, Nyetimber was the first estate to devote their efforts exclusively to the Champagne varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. First established in 1988, the owners planted vines and occupied the estate for a decade before selling up and returning the USA, being American by birth. A short hiatus followed, until 2006 when it was acquired by Eric Heerema, a passionate investor. Ambitious plans were laid and a young ambitious Canadian couple were appointed to run the show. Brad Geatrix and Cherie Spriggs have taken the Nyetimber brand and overall quality to ever-greater heights and recognition for their sparkling wines is spreading around the world. The estate has grown immensely and is large by English standards, spanning 170 hectares across West Sussex and Hampshire, and yet they can boast 100% ownership of each and every vine - an impressive achievement. While the majority of production is focused on the Classic Cuvee, designated NV post-2010 to make use of their extensive reserve wines, ambitious plans continue and the Tillington Single Vineyard looks set to become the flagship prestige cuvee of the UK, hoping to rival the likes of Dom Perignon and Krug in the future.

Appellation: England

English wine is revelling in unprecedented growth. As its reputation improves both domestically and abroad, more vineyards are being planted and existing ones grow older, offering the happy combination of scale and quality. Although situated at a perilously high latitude, the effects of global warming appear to be, at least in part, benefiting the English in their attempt to produce wine. While wine has been produced here for a long time, often using Germanic and other cool climate grape varieties, the industry really seems to have found its stride in the production of sparkling wine from the traditional Champagne varieties. Furthermore, the best sites in the south of England are grown on south-facing slopes with chalky soils, not unlike their French counterparts in Champagne, a mere stone throw across the channel.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.