The Liddell family have farmed at Cottonworth, in the Test Valley, for five generations. They planted their first vines in 2005, and the vineyard has grown ever since, along with Cottonworth’s reputation as a top-drawer sparkling wine producer. The vines are planted at 40-70 metres above sea level on south- and southeast-facing slopes of varying degrees of chalkiness: Chardonnay on the soils with the highest chalk content, Pinot Meunier on those with the lowest, and Pinot Noir on intermediate soils. The grapes were pressed gently in a traditional basket press, then the juice fermented in a mixture of temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and barriques. The wine was then blended and bottled for the second fermentation and spent several years on lees before disgorgement. This is a refined, creamy sparkling wine that offers a brilliant balance between chalky, fruity/floral and yeasty, bready notes. The mousse is extremely fine and the palate dries without being austere.
www.jancisrobinson.com tasting note: “Super-dry and super-racy. Very linear, a straight arrow. Lemon ice, acacia, coruscating liquid that reminds me of. Aristocratic wine that is only a nit-picking nanometre short for perfection. 17/20” (Tamyln Currin)
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