- Blend 55% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Meunier
- Vintage 2016
- 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. 2017
- 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
- Food Pairing Smoked haddock tart, roast chicken, shallot tart tatin
AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE CUVÉE from our original vineyard
A cool May and June in the 2016 growing season meant a slow start for the vines and led to lower than average yields in our Findon Park Vineyard. The cool weather continued into July and the first half of August. A much-welcomed burst of heat in late August and a mostly dry Late Summer/Autumn resulted in good sugar and acidity levels at harvest, which was completely dry throughout—and allowed us to let the grapes hang until late October. Although 2016 was by no means an easy vintage, the long ripening and lower yields gave grapes with perfectly balanced ripeness and acidity—making for an exceptionally fine Cuvée.
Our coquard basket press is brilliant for styles like this, allowing each variety to show boldly. Each of the varieties were fermented separately in aged Burgundy barrels. They were rested on lees until spring, then blended and fermented again in-bottle for a cool, slow five years. The first bottles were riddled and disgorged in 2022, and like all our wines, aged on cork to finish.
We have released the slow-maturing 2016 Cuvée following the more ‘forward’ 2017 vintage to allow it to show its full potential. Now drinking beautifully with enticing notes of honeyed citrus, toasted almonds and brioche, the 2016 Cuvée has impressive depth and complexity, with that signature precision and elegance in spades. Displaying a delightful creaminess on the finish, it’s delicious now, yet will also mature beautifully for a decade or more in the cellar.