Gusbourne, Blanc de Blancs Traditional Method
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Gusbourne, Blanc de Blancs Traditional Method - 2018

Item # 43364 750mL

Pale gold with a delicate mousse, this Blanc de Blancs blends classic Chardonnay characters of green apple, citrus and white fruit on the nose, with mineral notes and buttered toast complexity from extended lees aging.

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If ever you were in doubt about the potential of southeast England to produce sparklers to rival Champagne, look no further than this bottle from Gusbourne. The estate was founded in 2004 by a South African orthopedic surgeon, Andrew Weeber, who saw the potential in the low lying hills just 6 miles from the coast. He planted Burgundian clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, the classic grapes of Champagne, and in a few short years realized that his instincts were right. This blanc de blanc is outstanding: creamy and elegant, yet bright and minerally. Extended lees aging gives it an added complexity. Crack open a dozen oysters and sip this while binge-watching The Crown.




From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking world. It is a flexible, eager-to-please grape, responding well to just about anything a winemaker...

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