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A stunning example of aged English Sparkling wine

Library Collection Cuvée 2009

An astonishing 13 years ageing on lees!

From: £90.00

Notes

  • Blend 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier
  • Vintage 2009
  • Bottling Our wines are bottled the summer after harvest, which is the moment they begin their second fermentation, which gives them their bubbles and evolved character. 2010
  • Alcohol 12%
  • Dosage The dosage indicates the amount per litre of sugar in the 'liqueur de dosage', a mixture of wine and sugar added to the bottles when they are disgorged at the end of the ageing process, to ensure balance and harmony in the final blend. 8 grams per litre

After over a decade of ageing in our cellars, we are delighted to release this sumptuous wine… A rich blend of Chardonnay (60%), Pinot Noir (30%) and Pinot Meunier (10%) from our original vineyard, the long ageing has given the wine a superbly fine mousse, delicate notes of tangerine, cherry Bakewell and white chocolate on the nose, while the palate is beautifully fresh with a backbone of citrus alongside richer lemon curd and marzipan notes. It is testament to the ageability and quality of English Sparkling Wine.

It would make a special gift for anyone who enjoys aged champagne or sparkling wines – any connoisseur or lover of the finer things in life!

The grapes for this wine came from the original vineyard, planted in 2006 on a 16 acre parcel of Wiston Estate. The site is a broad south-facing slope, planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It is situated in the heart of the South Downs – between the iconic Chanctonbury Ring and Cissbury Ring – where the classic Sussex chalk forms the subsoil. It benefits from the moderating influence of the sea – with the Sussex coast being 4km further south, and the chalk subsoil helps drain in the wetter years, and retain moisture when summers are hot.

2009 in the West Sussex South Downs… The 2009 growing season was an ideal combination of conditions. It began with very few spring frosts, before the warm weather kicked in and continued throughout flowering in June. The rest of the summer was warm but with just enough rain at the right times. These favourable conditions continued through to harvest resulting in an excellent, perfectly ripe, abundant crop with balanced acidity. Harvest took place by hand over two weeks from 18th-28th October 2009.

In the cellar… Grapes were pressed in Wiston’s iconic Coquard press – allowing for extremely gentle pressing. Each variety was picked at optimal ripeness, fermentation was carried out in a range of young and old Burgundy barrels, as well as stainless steel, and without malolactic fermentation. The wine was then bottled in July 2010, and allowed to rest for thirteen years ageing on lees – being finally disgorged in December 2023 .

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