Brut Reserve No.6 and Blanc de Noirs 2018 Gift Set
This gift set includes:
- 1 bottle Brut Reserve No.6 (in gift box)
- 1 bottle Blanc de Noirs 2018 (in gift box)
- 2 Harrow & Hope glasses
- 1 Harrow & Hope bottle stopper
About the Brut Reserve No.6
No 6 is based on 2017, a year noted by its devastating frost both in the UK and in Europe. After being severely frosted in 2016 we were not going to stand by and let it happen again so wisely invested in an army of frost candles and managed to ward it off with very little damage. We were rewarded with a relatively cool but calm season and started picking late September, our earliest pick on record. 2017 favoured Chardonnay and it really shows in the wine with a more refined, soft and gentle character than previous releases. 20% oak aged reserve wines were used in the blend to add extra richness, complexity and length. Always fresh and vibrant on release it will reward extra cellaring with increased toasty complexity. Drink now until 2028.
About the Blanc de Noirs 2018
It’s been a while since we’ve had this wine to sell and after the 2015 blazed a trail with both competitions and critics alike, it’s great to have this wine back. This wine seems to have become our flagship style. It’s not an easy style to master, as you have to be able to tame the naturally muscular and bold nature of Pinot Noir into an elegant and refreshing drink. We seem to have just got lucky planting this variety in the right spot and year after year, it is now giving us this lovely combination of fragrance with a sleek and refined structure.
Unlike the 2015, this release is 100% Pinot Noir. This decision was taken to hone in on one particular part of the vineyard, where clay and chalk combine to give a complete wine without the need for blending varieties. It takes time to understand your vineyard and what areas consistently give the best results, but our knowledge has come a long way since the early years.
What is noticeable about this wine is how elegant, restrained and fresh it is, despite coming from such a hot year. It certainly has a softness that gives a hint of its birth year, but the acid is still evident giving me great confidence in its long term ageing ability. It has that lovely blackcurrant character that was present on the 2015 and we increased the barrel fermentation element to 47%, which gives it a lovely texture and weight.