The Vintage 2009 of Nyetimber’s 1086 Prestige Cuvée Brut is a blend of 46% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir & 11% Meunier having spent 6 years on the lees and a further 2 years under cork. The majority of the Chardonnay comes from the Old Manor plantings of 20-year-old (at the time of harvest) vines.
The wine pours with a beautifully intense nose, rich with oaty biscuits, toasted brioche, dried citrus peel and apricot.
To taste, this 1086 is broad with its indulgent yeasty intensity, while its tiny streams of fine bubbles ensure a supple and elegant mouthfeel.
The significant bottle ageing allows for a superbly integrated acidity, resulting in a beautifully rounded sparkling wine. However, that trademark English freshness and vibrant orchard fruit character will continue to age gracefully for at least another decade.
This is a hugely impressive and appealing wine, but then it really had to be for the hefty price tag of £150.