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Bride Valley Vineyard Blanc de Blancs Brut 2017

British Bubbly is the “IT” wine of the sparkling world… and this 92 POINTER is one of the best!



Flavor Profile: Lemons, pomelo, green apple, toasted brioche, roasted hazelnuts, and river rocks
Time on Lees: 36 months
Dosage: 7.1 g/L
Score: 92

Why We Love It...

Long before Champagne found a place among the Royal Court at Versailles, British merchants were huge proponents of the drink, and for years, the Brits consumed more bubbly per capita than anyone. In recent decades, just south of London, some world class sparkling wines have been crafted in England. This booming industry is quickly catching the attention of the world, with limestone soils, chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier serving as principal varieties, and a cool climate that harkens back to the Champagne of 25 years ago… there’s a lot to love here. This 2017 vintage Blanc de Blancs was considered the flagship of the portfolio by founder, Steven Spurrier, and it took one sip for me to see just why. 

Ah, Steven Spurrier. Remember him? Helped to orchestrate a little Parisian PR stunt tasting of the best of Napa Valley vs. the top Bordeaux and Burgundies to commemorate America’s bi-centennial back in 1976? We all know how that turned out. Welp, he’s the man behind Bride Valley… and this is no stunt. Just thoughtful exploration of how best to recreate Champagne… outside of Champagne. Just under 100 kilometers north of Reims (and some 300 west), along England’s famed Jurassic Coast, you’ll find the little hamlet of Dorset. Here, chalky, limestone, fossil-riddled soils reign supreme (like many other spots from the Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims, The Marne Valley, and more)! The cool climate of the northerly position is perfectly moderated by the tropical influenced waters of the Gulf Stream – basically Mother Nature’s boon to the British that makes the isles even habitable for humans. 

Steven Spurrier had spent enough time in the wine industry to recognize these soils at his home, and see their innate potential. After years of talking himself out of the project, he gave in – planting some 44,000 vines on his 25 acre parcel. In 2011, they celebrated their first harvest. The weather was fickle, as England’s climate is wont to be, and it took a few years to really produce a viable crop. The meager harvests were studied and experimented with, taking each challenge as an opportunity to create the best sparkling wines west of the English Channel. 

Like the other Bride Valley offering we featured a few months back, this 2017 is a testament, as well as a statement, that world class bubbly is here to stay in Britain. A low-yielding harvest, due to high disease pressure in the humid summer season, the grapes nevertheless showcased a potential not seen in prior vintages. 100% chardonnay makes up this Blanc de Blancs – created in a racy, zippy, and mineral style that falls right in-line with a top Côte des Blancs Champagne! Normally, I try to avoid comparisons of “other” sparkling wines to Champagne… but this deserves a spot at the table, at my table, and yours too! Simply a classically styled, methode champenoise sparkler that delivers! A compact and zippy mousse initially reveals myriad citrus zest and floral aspects, with a palate that goes big on the mineral accents, with more lemons, and pomelo, and green apple notes that expand beautifully to include the sweet and buttery sensation of toasted brioche and nutty, roasted hazelnuts. The finish is long, creamy, and exceptionally bright, with that salty, mineral, river rocks, Cliffs of Dover spine carrying the day. Cool stuff, regardless of where it was grown… but we’ve got it at the absolute best price in the USA (seriously, we’re talking $30 less than our closest competitor!) Grab a few for your Holiday parties – while we got them!

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Technical Details

Country: England
Region: Dorset
Appellation: Dorest
Vineyard: Bride Valley Vineyard
Varietal: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Ian Edwards
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Caviar with blinis, Crème Fraîche, pickled shallots, and chives

Bride Valley Vineyard Blanc de Blancs Brut 2017




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