NV
The Bolney Estate
'Bolney Bubbly - Classic Cuvée'
Brut
England

NV
The Bolney Estate
'Bolney Bubbly - Classic Cuvée'
Brut
England

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.

  • 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
Winery & Regional Information
WEST SUSSEX

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 »

THE BOLNEY ESTATE

WEST SUSSEX

Hidden in the heart of rural Sussex, one of Britain’s most beautiful southern counties, lies Bolney Wine Estate, a vineyard which carries on the tradition brought to Britain by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago. This esteemed property is situated on a hill which was part of the Butting Hill One Hundred, listed in the Domesday Book in 1086, as the first official land survey of what is now the United Kingdom. Learn More »

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