2010 Wiston Estate Brut Blanc de Blancs West Sussex England (White Label)

SKU #1229009 94 points Decanter

 Appealing and generous toasty, buttery nose. A refreshing acidity enlivens some rich and delicious flavours of baked apple and buttered tea cakes. Full and broad mouthfeel leading to a charming dry note on the lengthy finish. A beautiful example of English sparkling.  (7/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sophisticated aromas of Golden Pearmain apples, cream and pastry take the part of the first violin-chalky, resonant earth that of the sonorous cello. Their harmony and elegance together is astonishing. The crisp acidity is so well-integrated and illuminates the fruit and soil. The long finish again emphasizes absolute, uncompromising elegance of this wine. (AK)  (11/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Blanc de Blancs has a complex bouquet: malic at first with green apples, later hints of white chocolate and white peach fruit. The palate is marked by bracing acidity but retains excellent balance. Green apples as you might predict with yellow plum and a hint of apricot, leading to a very harmonious and attractive finish. I envisage this giving several years of drinking pleasure. (NM)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

One of the most serious English sparkling producers, this historic estate has been in the Goring family since 1743. The 16-acre vineyard is close-planted on a steep south-facing chalk escarpment described as "similar to the Côte des Blancs" in Champagne. The wines are made by Dermot Sugrue, a talented winemaker who has worked at L'Eglise-Clinet and Leoville-Barton in Bordeaux, as well as Moet & Chandon in Champagne. The fruit is hand-picked very selectively with quality being the absolute focus. The grapes are pressed gently using a traditional Coquard press. After four years on the lees this 100% Chardonnay-based wine shows fresh, golden orchard fruit, warm croissant, toasted hazelnut and very vibrant chalky minerality. The bubbles are super fine and soft; the finish runs on forever. The wine was balanced with an appropriately low 8g/l dosage. After hearing so much buzz about English Sparkling wines in the last few years we had to see what all the fuss was about. After picking Wiston Estate as a leading producer back in 2013 we are now pleased to see this selection validated further by Wine Enthusiast Magazine who placed two Wiston bottlings in their top three English wines! 1st and 3rd respectively. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2015 | Send Email
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Many people believe the tale that a monk called Dom Perignon invented the method of producing sparkling wines in Champagne. However, genuine historical evidence shows the technique was actually invented in England. Some 30+ years before sparkling wine even appears in French history, English scholar Christopher Merret presented a paper on the topic to the Royal Society in 1662. That was 8 years before Dom Perignon traveled to Champagne, 20 years before the French made their first sparkling wine and 60+ years before the first Champagne house was created. Anyway, history aside, the point is that expertise in bubbles is nothing new for the English. However, estate-grown English wines are now finally being taken seriously by the wine world. They have been winning international awards and regularly beating their French counterparts in blind tastings similar to those victories achieved by California wines in the fabled Judgement of Paris in 1976. This is not surprising, really, when you consider that the vines grow in a very similar climate a mere 200 miles from the heart Champagne. Many of the soils share the same deep chalk vein that colors the white cliffs of Dover and gives Champagnes their distinctive flavor. This chalk soil lends the wines of England a vibrant minerality similar to their French cousins. This wonderful vintage Blanc De Blanc from Wiston Estate is a perfect example; 100% Chardonnay, grown from chalk soils, and spending 4 years on the yeast lees. I would put it against the best Champagnes of the world without any worry of embarrassment. Top-class.
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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
Compare the soils of Sussex to the soils of Champagne and you'll they're part of the same vein. Wiston Estate started out with the goal of making nothing short of the best sparkling wine possible; wines that are on parallel with the best in the world, and they've got the terroir to do it. They spare no expense on any part of production and that care shows in the estate blanc de blanc, a piercingly-pure sparkling wine that adds richness from the lees-aging and shows serious depth underneath all the citrus and mineral-focused flavors. It's not just English sparkling wine. It's top quality sparkling wine, period.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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England

Alcohol Content (%): 12