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Chapel Down Kit's Coty Blanc de Blancs 2017

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Description & Technical Information
Chapel Down makes world-class wines from grapes grown in the South East of England where the geology and climate combine to provide the perfect terroir for sparkling wines. The first vines were planted at Tenterden in the late 1970's and the vineyard has been continuously producing English wines from this site ever since. Chapel Down now has a large acreage under vine in Kent and beyond.

Winemaking: Harvested by hand in September and October, this refined sparkling wine has undergone malolactic fermentation and 29% of the blend is matured in barrel before being left to age on its lees for three and a half years before release.

Vineyards: Kit's Coty vineyard is a 95-acre vineyard on teh North Downs of Kent. The southerly aspect ensures the vines capture the sunshine all year long while the warm, free draining chalk soils provide the perfect terroir from producing well balanced, intensely flavoured fruit. Restricting yields and maintaining vine balance allow vines to fulfil their potential, producing fruit that truly express their identity and the unique qualities of the soil.

Weather in 2017: Better yields than in 2016, though frost damage affected many vineyards in the south-east of England. Sugar levels were good at harvest, thanks to some hot spells in June and a mostly dry harvest period, and acid levels were mostly well-balanced too. Total harvest 4.5 m bottles off 2,275 hectares.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Kit's Coty vineyard, North Downs of Kent.
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 3.5 years
Dosage: 7.5 g/l
Alcohol: 12%
pH: 3.07
TA: 6.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: This wine shows typical aromas of cool climate Blanc de Blancs, fresh apples and buttery pastry. The palate is fresh yet shows development for maturation in bottle and has a toasty character from partial barrel fermentation which leads to a savoury finish with fine, persistent bubbles.
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Expert Reviews
Tamlyn Currin
“Tasted blind. NHB! Surprisingly rich, tropical nose for an English Chardonnay! Mangoes and even a touch of caramel. Gorgeously ripe, bold, curved, a sweep of flavour. Absolutely stunning. Reverberating like harp strings, lime-tingling acidity, tense inner structure but great generosity and sweep of fruit. Tasted a few days later, blind, again, but this time next to a 2017 Montagny premier cru ringer, it was not remotely outshone. Yes, it didn't seem quite as rich – my notes were 'Smoked limes. Tense, bitter walnuts. Fennel seeds and cracked coriander seeds. Grapefruit. Almost like mustard leaves! Real bite. Spiky. Salty. But there is proper fruit underneath the lashings of acidity and spike.' I went back to this over and over, for two weeks, and every time, it delivered.”
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