The latest addition to Digby’s portfolio, launched in summer 2016, this fizz is in its element at home on a Tuesday evening or a party celebrating one of life's big moments. This was conceived as a ‘little brother’ for the flagship Reserve Vintage. Founded upon some of the house’s most expressive Pinot Noir base wines, the Digby Brut NV gains a vitality and mellow richness from the addition of more mature Chardonnay reserve wines. The blend is balanced with a generous dash of Pinot Meunier to bring a bright and cheerful tone.
An assemblage of chalky and sandstone sites make up this 'English' bottling. Stainless steel is the primary fermentation and aging vessel here promoting vibrancy, though 10% of the final blend spends eight months in neutral French barrique. Malolactic fermentation is partially carried out as it is blocked in 50% of the stainless ferments. The wine is bottled and spent 24 months resting prior to disgorgement. It was then hit with a rather high 12 grams dosage, but only to counter the nearly 10 gram tartaric acid in this laser-like wine!
Pale gold. This wine is toasty, spicy and shows complex aromas of Rainier cherries and lemon verbena. The palate supports the complex aromas with the addition of a honeyed almond and not quite baked apple pie flavors. Very fine and elegant with an incredible amount of finesse and charm.
- Region: England - Sussex
- Varietal: 40% Pinot Noir - 35% Chardonnay - 25% Pinot Meunier
- Vintage: NV
- Vineyard: North & South Downs of Kent, Sussex & Hampshire
- Vine Age: Average: 9 years old
- Soil Type: Predominantly Chalk & Clay over Greensand
- TA: 9.7 grams per liter
- Residual Sugar: 12 grams per liter
- Alcohol: 12%
- Oak: 8 months: 90% Stainless Steel - 10% seasoned French barrique
- Production: 2,083 cases
West Sussex is bordered by Hampshire to the west, Surrey to the north and East Sussex to the east. The English Channel lies to the south. The area has been formed from Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous rock strata, part of the Weald–Artois Anticline. The eastern part of this ridge, the Weald of Kent, Sussex and Surrey has been greatly... Learn More »
DIGBY FINE ENGLISH
Applying the negoçiant model to English sparkling wine, Digby co-founders Trevor Clough and Jason Humphries have brought together the very best raw materials, expertise and vision to create this modern British luxury brand. The house’s charismatic, boundary pushing outlook is a fitting testament to the man who inspired its name, Sir Kenelm Digby. This 17th century English philosopher, theologian, pirate and writer extended his talents to inventing the modern wine bottle. Learn More »
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