Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 1998

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Stepping back to the ’90s, this is a wine coming from the original era of winemaking led by Stuart and Sandy Moss, and it still confidently stands the test of time.

Quite clearly the most nectar-like in hue of the seven wines, the ’98 has a developed nose of toffee apple, preserved lemon and waxy lemon skin. Despite having 22 years on lees, it was overly autolytic in character.

To taste, again this was more on the side of caramelised fruit and pastry, with a rich nuttiness but still a briskness and citrus bite. The bubbles were pleasingly forthcoming for an English Sparkling of this age, though I did find the wine had a slightly confected note which jarred slightly, affecting the overall balance.

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