Bride Valley, Blanc de Blancs
£41.95 per bottle
A beautifully bright, vibrant pale-lemon appearance with a persistent stream of tiny bubbles. The nose is fine and elegant, with layers of creamy citrus fruit and toasted brioche, supported by notes of green apple and stone fruit. The palate is crisp and fresh, combining ripe citrus fruit with a luxurious texture and zippy acidity.
The late Steven Spurrier and his wife Arabella established Bride Valley, located in West Dorset. Steven, while running Les Caves de la Madeleine and L'Academie du Vin in Paris in the 1980s, had soil (chalky) samples from Arabella's 80 hectare estate tested and the results came back: "very similar to Champagne". This is not surprising because the village of Kimmeridge is just 24 miles as the crow flies from Bride Valley. After two decades and three visits from Boisset's sparkling wine expert, Georges Legrand, vines were planted on the best sites in the bowl of the amphitheatre-like estate. Three hectares were planted in 2009, rising to a total of 10 hectares in 2013 when planting was completed.