Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2016

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Nyetimber’s Blanc de Blancs is no stranger to me. It’s almost certainly the English wine that I’ve tasted the most bottles of and have some of my fondest memories of – the 2009 remains to this date one of my all-time favourites. So, a new vintage is always something I look forward to.

The nose on the 2016 is very typical of previous Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs, with a lovely rich peach and baked apple fragrance in addition to almond croissant, biscuit and just a hint of honeysuckle.

The palate is a little bit more front-loaded than the steely and slightly restrained 2015 vintage that preceded it. A delicious fusion of baked apple and peach awaits, with the signature bursts of lemon and crisp apple balancing the ripe fruit and suggestions of sweetness nicely.

Always a fascinating wine, the 2016 is more along the lines of the 2014 and 2010 vintages in terms of its comparative broadness and ripeness, but still with the driving acidity that makes English Chardonnay stand out.

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