Gusbourne’s Blanc de Blancs 2013 is in a wonderful place right now and a shining example of my Kentish sparkling is so appealing. It has spent over four years on lees and has a dosage of 9g/L.
On the nose, bright citrus peel aromatics mingle with crunchy green orchard fruit notes. There’s a lovely honeyed note too; hints of honeyed apricot and warm brioche all with the backbone of smoky mineral notes.
The palate is similarly enticing, beginning with striking crisp, crunchy apple flavours and a nice zing. Riper red apple flavours continue through to the more opulent mid-taste and an elegant, soft mousse. Again, the lingering complexity of toasted nut and minerality really adds to the finesse and charm of this brilliant wine.
This, in my opinion, is Gusbourne’s signature wine; it encapsulates that brilliant brilliant fruit purity and poise that the very best English sparkling has, whilst serving up an effortless wave of sublimely integrated mineral and nutty tones.