The Blanc de Blancs has been this Kent estate’s most awarded wine to date, and the 2012 is extraordinarily good. This is such a sophisticated expression of Chardonnay, which is well known for being the Champagne grape most capable of showing the savoury aspect of autolytic ageing. Having spent three years on its lees the wine shows a complex interplay of buttered toast and brioche notes with citrus and apple character, wrapped around vivacious acidity and a creamy mousse. Outstanding.
"Our blanc de blancs is the truest expression of our terroir. We select the finest lots of chardonnay, exhibiting natural minerality, ensuring that the wine has both the finesse and elegance that one would expect in this style, but also the requisite qualities for extended ageing." Charlie Holland "A bright golden colour with a delicate mousse, this blanc de blancs has classic chardonnay aromas of green apple, citrus and mineral notes combined with buttered toast and tarte tatin richness from extended lees ageing. The palate is well balanced with a streak of zesty acidity complementing a gentle mousse that gives way to a creamy, hazelnut and baked apple. Drinking very well now, it will continue to develop over the next two or three years. This wine is a great accompaniment to seafood in general, but is perfect with freshly shucked oysters." Laura Rhys MS Whole bunch pressed in accordance to CIVC guidance. Naturally settled for 36-48 hours. 14 days under 20 degrees C using specialist IOC designed sparkling wine yeast. Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
Gusbourne has 40.1 hectares at their Estate in Kent and 21.9 hectares in West Sussex that are planted with the classic Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Aligned with their vision to create the finest wines we possibly can, we choose to plant predominantly Burgundian clones in our vineyards, rather than higher yielding Champagne clones. As a result the wines have levity and elegance combined with a concentration and precision which sets them apart. This prodigious estate combines cutting-edge technology with age-old traditions, with the singular aim of producing the finest wines possible that reflect both their vineyards’ character and their dedication to the craft of sparkling winemaking. Gusbourne was established in 2004, and 2010 saw the first release of wines onto the market with their 2006s. Since then it has been showered with awards and praise for the elegant, restrained, and poised style the house has mastered. In 2013 Gusbourne was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, with the distinction of being the first and only UK wine producer ever quoted on AIM.
England is fast becoming a rich source of high quality sparkling wines, many of which are making waves on the international scene. The chalky Kimmeridgian soil that crops up in Chablis, Sancerre, and Champagne plunges under the Channel only to resurface on the south coast of England. Grape growers in southern counties like Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Devon and Cornwall have been making increasingly impressive cuvées using the traditional Champagne varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and the traditional production method (second fermentation in bottle and extended ageing on lees). Ripeness is becoming an increasingly regular occurrence in this marginal climate thanks to gradually warming annual temperatures. Producers are also beginning to focus on producing still wines, but for the moment it is the high calibre of sparkling wines that are the standard bearers for the English wine industry. Their zippy acidity, fine mousse, and delicate fruit profiles are a genuinely tempting alternative to Champagne.