Pop quiz: What’s one of the hot up and coming wine regions today? England! You can thank climate change for that. Nyetimber is actually the first producer of English sparkling wine — with wineries in West Sussex, Hampshire, and Kent — to exclusively grow the three grape varieties used for Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
This nonvintage sparkler, blended from the three grapes above as the name suggests, presents a character that will feel familiar to fans of California sparkling wines. While classified as brut, it’s lightly sweet on the tongue, presenting a mix of lemon peel and almond butter notes, with green apple elements clearer on the finish. It’s a lovely wine from start to finish — appropriately celebratory at times, even — though a hunt for any deep complexity is likely to come up short.
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