Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap, Brut, Late Disgorged Blanc de Blanc, Quality Sparkling Wine, England, 2008
This wine: varietal chardonnay, bottled 06/2009, disgorged 08/2015, minimum time on the lees of 74 months, natural mushroom cork closure, 11.5% abv, ex-producer, ~£35 (06/16)
Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of the bakery along with delicate leaf tea, stewed apple, and touches of citrus and honey; medium bodied, with a palate of brioche, pastry and caramelised apple. A medium-long length. No need to decant, develops in the glass as one savours, over 5-10 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing small bubbles and tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of yeasty-dough, delicate leaf tea, brioche, hints at Danish pastry, bees-wax, low-key grapefruit pith, light honey, stewed apple, a confected hint right on the end.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a very light grip, with flavours of brioche, pastry, baked apple, touch of raisin. A creamy mousse with a long persistence; a medium (+) length, with a fresh clean finish of brioche, leaf tea and stewed slightly caramelised apple.
Quality: very good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, harmonious throughout; good intensity, slightly lesser concentration, showing moderate complexity, with caramelised and raisin notes suggesting extended lees ageing and/or time in bottle, with a low-key grip from first fermentation in old oak. Follows into a medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 3-5 years – a sound structure, good CO2 pressure, and interesting complexity on a good length.