Nyetimber Tillington 2013

76% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay. Disgorged July 2017.

Just 10,000 bottles are produced. Just like the 2013 Blanc de Blancs, this is suddenly hitting its stride. Still terrifically fresh, with pure berries, aromatic pear and nice juicy yellow fruits that are just starting be joined with browned pastry and caramel apples. It hints at some meaty, peppery Pinot Noir evolution but stays delicate and linear. The flavour is all about Pinot, but it is pulled tight thanks to Chardonnay and the 2013 vintage. Drinking well now, but another year or two will only improve it. 17.5

/ 2013, Classic Blend, England, Nyetimber

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2013

100% Chardonnay, disgorged June 2018.

This is the first vintage of Nyetimber to include grapes grown on chalk. This vintage is waking up now, having taken on some substance post-disgorgement. The delicacy of texture really stands out, a satined ripple of yellow apple and magnolia, white peach and lemon syrup. What seems new is a tiny touch of pale nougat richness that warms it up just the right amount. There’s a playful extra snap of acidity on the finish – a last word from the 2013 vintage. 17

Hattingley Valley Blanc de Blancs 2013

The Blanc de Blancs 2013 is quite an interesting wine now, with delicate white fruits – whitecurrants and a little white peach – playing off fresh lemon and herbs. There’s a kind of nougat/sourdough autolysis and a touch of butter, too, softening the edges of a powerful acid line. It’s stimulating stuff, playing patiently with quite a pointy kind of vintage.


Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

Croser Vintage 2013

A slightly confected oak and blossom nose and looser palate of quince, honey and dairy tones. Seems rather more open than the NVs and lacking their freshness.


Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ 2013, Australia, Classic Blend, Croser

Breaky Bottom Cuvée Cornelis Hendrickson 2013

Cuvée Cornelis Hendrickson 2013 46% Chardonnay, 40% Seyval Blanc, 7% Pinot Noir, 7% Pinot Meunier. This is a pretty wine on the nose, with white pear and wild meadow and herb aromas sitting nicely with a richer sense of ratafia biscuit, creamy sourdough and honeyed nuts. Possibly a touch green, but the Pinots seem more present than they really are with some nice red fruit notes. With time a vein of oxidative, bruised autumnal apples and quince comes through, which runs through the strikingly tight palate.


Date Tasted : 02/11/2019

/ 2013, Breaky Bottom, England, Other

Fox & Fox Inspiration Blanc de Gris 2013

Predominantly (I believe over 90%) Pinot Gris. Such aromatic interest here, with a tropical fruit salad (think kiwi, papaya, starfruit), zesty candied lemon and ginger, honeysuckle and just a little rose. It’s not at all blowsy though – rather a very focussed, precise kind of exoticism. It’s all about the impeccable, expressive fruit on the palate, with a lovely balance between the exuberance of the nose and a crunchy, very English zip (helped along by the small Chardonnay addition). Particularly fine, persistent mousse. Really love this, and it’s drinking perfectly now.


Date Tasted : 09/09/2018

/ 2013, England, Fox & Fox, Other

Fox & Fox Expression 2013

The Pinot Noir-dominant Expression Rosé 2013 has mellowed out now with a playful dollop of summer pudding, dried strawberries and buttery plum crumble, even showing some treacly gingerbread around the edges. The keenness on the palate is up a notch in this Rosé, though, with poached red fruit kept in focus with satisfying zip.


Date Tasted : 11/11/2019

/ 2013, England, Fox & Fox, Rosé

Harrow and Hope Blanc de Blancs 2013

Not much Blanc de Blancs 2013 was produced, but it shows real concentration with some smoky, almost meaty development, roasted hazelnuts, lime marmalade and candied grapefruit. It is intensely-fruited with some nougat creaminess to boot.


Date Tasted : 17/11/2019

Harrow and Hope Blanc de Noirs 2013

Blanc de Noirs 2013 (70% Pinot Noir, 30 % Pinot Meunier) has some of the same tones as the 2013 Blanc de Blancs; Henry mused about nutrient stress, which was interesting. Meaty, almost marmite-like savour surrounds some fudgey cashew and blackberry fruit; toasted almonds add to the developed feel of this wine, but it is still elegant and long.


Date Tasted : 17/11/2019

/ 2013, Blanc de Noirs, England, Harrow and Hope

Hattingley Valley Blanc de Blancs 2013

I tasted this on release – ten months later and I still think it has a good future, especially for what Emma Rice characterised as a “very difficult” vintage. It’s true that the fruit profile is more ‘white’ than ‘yellow’, but there is something calmly delicious about the crystallised, pale fruits; dried green apples, a kind of elderflower breeziness and lively yellow grapefruit running through the taut, dry finish, warmed up with a little creamy nougat. Don’t be in a rush to drink this.


Date Tasted : 07/11/2019