We are delighted to announce the release of Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2014.
We specifically chose only our absolutely prime lots of Chardonnay, rich and ripe fruit that also exhibited natural minerality, to create this wine. Ensuring that it has the finesse, elegance and linear purity that one would expect from such a remarkably expressive style.
The 2014 vintage was a special one in England, with fine weather and ripe fruit resulting in early picking. We released our Brut Reserve from this same vintage last year but have been eagerly anticipating this release for some time. We have enjoyed hot years in the past, such as 2009 and 2011, but 2014 represents a watershed moment for us, especially with regards the levels of ripeness we could achieve.
The wine shows a lovely weight that is balanced by its acidity. We are really excited by how it has developed and the different spectrum of flavours that it offers – moving away from classic English heightened citrus, to evolved orchard and stone fruits.
2014 is best described as a vineyard year at Gusbourne, with its success resulting from a combination of nature and meticulous nurture. Veraison was about ten days ahead of normal, and it was a smaller crop than previous years too – partly due to weather conditions at fruit set, but also a result of deliberately dropping around 20% of selected bunches in the vineyard throughout the growing season. This offered an added boost to the concentration and ripeness in remaining grapes and our vineyard manager Jon Pollard notes that it did wonders for the overall quality during harvest too.
Our 2014 Blanc de Blancs has spent 42 months on its lees now, so it is starting to show tertiary flavours as well. We used only our own fruit from 14 different vineyards over two sites to achieve complexity and find harmony in the wine.
We only produce exclusively vintage wines at Gusbourne. Wines that are unique to each growing season, and which present an authentic reflection of a time and place. We are thrilled to see that the wine expresses the sites that it is from and also that it continues to offer the lovely mineral oyster shell, sea-salt character that our Blanc de Blancs has developed a reputation for.