Digby Fine English Vintage Brut 2010, England

65% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir,17% Pinot Meunier. 2/3rd of the wine (presumably the Chardonnay?) went through MLF. All Stainless Steel. Made by Dermot Sugrue, disgorged in 2017.

An umami hit up front of dried shitake, almost miso caramel-like. Savoury interest meets post-disgorgement characters. Tangy russet apple and apricot, you could take it in all day. Beware though, there’s a train of acid on the palate that you just have to ride! It pulls everything along, all the texture from time on lees, that slightly wild fruit, those golden flavours of age…almost challenging to drink, but in a good way. Reminds me of the Wiston 2009 in some ways. 16.5

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Digby Fine English Leander Pink NV

50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier. This is excellent. Pear and toasted almond, sweet magnolia and some delicate quince fruit at first, before some richness from butter pastry and a touch of spicy vanilla slide in; it appears, to me, to have subtle some oak influence, but this isn’t mentioned anywhere so may be an illusion! It’s delicately handled, for sure. Lovely measured progression on the palate, staying knitted together throughout with a fine mousse. Real finesse.

17

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ Digby Fine English, England, NV, Rosé

Digby Fine English NV Brut NV, 2014 Base

The NV Brut (2014 Base, 40% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier) is a zippy, attractive assembly of wild apple, herbs and autumn red fruit character underpinned by subtle creaminess. A style of gentle richness seems on the cards, but there’s a streak of brightness and tension – the acidity is actually quite serious but age and dosage (12 g/l) play the balancing game effectively.

16

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

Digby Fine English Vintage Brut 2010

2010 Vintage Brut* (65% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir, 17% Pinot Meunier) is a more serious affair, offering some evolution – but perhaps not as much as you’d think. Based on this bottle it is not developing too fast, which is a good sign. There’s pithy, bright lemon and more of that wild apple, with lovely richer almond and brioche as well as a certain floral Chardonnay prettiness. This feels drier, more savoury and measured on the palate than the NV. Tightly-knit with some real length.

16.5

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019