Alison Nightingale’s delectable still English wines were one of my early English Wine discoveries, so it was with great excitement that I opened my first bottle of Albourne Estate Sparkling.
This inaugural Blanc de Blancs is, of course, made from 100% Chardonnay that is whole bunch pressed with no oak contact.
The end result is a superbly expressive sparkling wine. The nose is warm and embracing; apple tart, sweet brioche and ripe stone fruit aromas – so hugely inviting!
To taste, this is classic Blanc de Blancs through and through. Exceptional textures and crispness intertwined with delicious flavours of baked apple and brioche. The mousse is soft but persistent, enveloping the wine’s gorgeous ripe fruit character.
Happy to say that this Blanc de Blancs is every bit as delicious as the Albourne Estate still wines.
Brisk, bold but subtly tempered acidity integrates nicely with rich peachy and apricot flavours.
Notes of thyme and sage add a savoury component that would pair well with many summer dishes.
A very pure, dry expression of Bacchus but with the added lift of the light bubbles.
Impressive length with profound yeasty complexity on the finish.
A fun, fruity and playful wine with an underlying red berry fruit purity that remains firmly true to Albourne Estate's established stylistic expression.
Almost rosé in colour, this is a lively White Pinot with lots of red berry character.