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Bride Valley Vineyard Rosé Bella Brut 2016 Wine - Last Bottle

Bride Valley Vineyard Rosé Bella Brut 2016

Bride Valley’s delectable Brut rosé at 35% Off!



Flavor Profile: Ruby red grapefruit, cherry blossom, summer strawberries, raspberries, peaches, lemongrass, Meyer lemons, and chalk.
Time on Lees: 36 months
Dosage: 10.8 g/L
Score: 91

Why We Love It...

We’ve featured the British bubbly wines of Bride Valley a couple of times before, and the rave reviews from you all have led us on a hunt to find some more! We’re thrilled to report that those scouting parties have born fruit…and boy, is it tasty! This 2016 Rosé Bella is exactly as advertised – a beautiful rosé that is bright, zippy, and plush all at once! This competes favorably with plenty of rosé Champagnes…at a pretty special price!

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, and when Steven Spurrier started Bride Valley in 2006 – he got in on the cusp of something truly spectacular!

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 a 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 Cote 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 2006. 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. 

This 2016 is an absolutely stunning rosé – and, as one who doesn’t always extoll the value of rosé bubbly in general – a fantastic value, as well. 47% chardonnay lends the wine a freshness and scintillating minerality, while the 53% pinot noir allows for a full and fruit forward character. A minimum of three years on the lees follows the bar set by vintage Champagne, and a plum dosage of 10.8 grams adds the necessary weight and amplification to bring everything into balance. Taste this blind against a Billecart Salmon rosé (at nearly twice the price) and tell me this doesn’t excel any and all expectations! The aromatics are balanced and fresh, with ruby red grapefruit, cherry blossom, and summer strawberries galore. In the mouth, the wine is light, yet substantial, with bright and zesty notes of raspberries, peaches, lemongrass, Meyer lemons, and a nicely chalky undercurrent throughout. Simply put – this is a classically styled, methode champenoise sparkler that delivers…and then some!

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Technical Details

Country: England
Region: Dorset
Appellation: Dorset
Vineyard: Bride Valley Vineyard
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Ian Edwards
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese

Bride Valley Vineyard Rosé Bella Brut 2016




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