55% Pinot Noir, 27% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay. 3 years on lees, dosage 9 g/l. 2013 is such an interesting year in England. It was cool, late and with higher acids than normal – some have called it more of a Pinot year, but the reality is that the good Chardonnay-based wines seem to have showed more character and length (at least for me). This has really benefited from a bit of cellar time, with grilled red apple, pear and apricot kernel richness touched with herbs and white blossom. There’s some muted strawberry sweetness here but it’s definitely orchard-fruit dominated, fresh and direct, feeling just a little sweet’n sour on the palate. This is good but the Blanc de Blancs 2013 is the pick from this vintage (the 2014 Brut Reserve is really the wine this cuvée wants to be – it is superb and shows the effect of a much better growing season)

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Date Tasted : 05/03/2019

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