75cl * 12% ABV * Kent, England
Gusbourne vineyards sit on a South facing ancient escarpment in Appledore, Kent and near Goodwood in West Sussex. Served at the 2012 London Olympics opening party and at Buckingham palace for visiting heads of state, their Blanc de Blancs typifies the linear purity of this classic style.
The finest lots of Chardonnay grapes that exhibit natural minerality are selected for this Blanc de Blancs, ensuring that the wine has both finesse and elegance as well as the requisite qualities for extended ageing. After fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, a small percentage is further fermented in old oak barrels for complexity. The result is a bright golden colour with a delicate mousse, with 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.
Works brilliantly with shellfish and seafood – try langoustines with saffron mayonnaise, lobster roll, scallop ceviche – especially with a hint of chilli. Roasted cauliflower with a lemon and caper dressing also works well.
Silver IWC 2022
Gold CSWWC 2022