(2019) Fine mineral salts nose, taut and racy apple core fruit, tiny floral nuances, and a creamy and peachy fruit beneath. What beautiful fruit, peach flesh and juice, flowing and elegant acidity, apricot and lime, into a long shimmering finish of great style.
(2019) Gusbourne Blanc de BlancsFrom the clay and sandy loam soils of Appledore in Kent, this all-Chardonnay cuvée comes from a very good year, the harvest completed by 7th October. A small percentage of the blend was fermented in older oak barrels, and after bottling in April 2015, the wine spent a full 42 months on the lees prior to disgorgement.

The colour is an attractive pale gold, with a foamy mousse and plenty of very small bubbles rising steadily in the glass (Riedel Veritas Champagne glass). The aromas are delicate. There is a touch of buttery pastry, a fine biscuity and oatmeal sheen, and fruit that has a touch of rich figgy quality, but is mostly about fresh citrus and summer pears. In the mouth, despite a modest dosage of 7g/l, there is an abundant sense of sweetness from the ripe fruit. It's a lovely style this, not at all austere, yet precise and super-fresh, the time on lees and perhaps that barrel component just rounding out the finish which tapers to a fine point.

Another very classy English sparkling wine.

(2019) In this bottling 60% whole cluster were used, again wild fermented, and from a vineyard on rocky shale and a warmer site that for the Cuvée Cinema. The extra ‘weight’ seems apparent here, with a richer, slightly more ripe berry fragrance, and there is a lovely spices and plumskin character, lots of chocolate and darker spices, and a long, long finish, a touch of Negroni bitters in the finish.