Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2009

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This was my favourite wine of the vertical. The 2009 already held a sweet spot for me, being the wine that cemented both Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs as a firm favourite of mine, but also Blanc de Blancs as an English Sparkling style. This was, like 2014 and the 2003 vintage (to follow), a generous and ripe year, which sits wonderfully at this stage of development alongside the extended lees age this bottling has seen.

The nose is markedly more biscuity than the three wines that preceded it. Still, it also brings an abundance of nectarine, peach pastry and perhaps even a suggestion of caramelised fig. Yet, despite those developed tertiary notes, the fruit is still fresh and evocative.

The palate delivers exceptional balance; the stone fruit generosity that the nose promised is there, but also there’s vivid citrus fruit of lemon or perhaps yuzu. It is the creamy almond croissant notes that really seals the deal though.

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