When it comes to choosing a bottle of something special, a prestige cuvée makes a great choice to add to your collection.
While we tend to think of English wine as a new and emerging category, the history of wine production in England goes back to Roman times. There were more than 40 vineyards listed in the Great Survey of 1086, otherwise known as the Domesday Book.
It was in the Domesday Book that Nyetimber was first mentioned. Although the property wasn’t a vineyard at that time, it is the estate’s longstanding history that inspired the name for Nyetimber’s new prestige cuvée, 1086, which has recently been launched. The introduction of the new label coincides with the sparkling wine company’s 30-year anniversary as one of England’s most pioneering and celebrated wine producers, setting a new benchmark for English sparkling wine with some exceptional years in their history.
The exceptional years in question are 2009 and 2010, the first of which has been made into a white, and the latter a rosé and a white. At Nyetimber, they only make sparkling wine with grapes from vineyards they own – they do not purchase any grapes from elsewhere. This is unusual in both England and the Champagne region. It means they can get to know and understand their vineyards intimately, ensuring that they make no compromises in how they look after them throughout each year.
Being able to follow the fruit development each year through refined taste perception and meticulous record-keeping means that the Nyetimber team knows exactly the quality it has each year, and saves the very best for 1086.
Nyetimber 1086 spends more than five years developing on the lees, which gives it a richness that will evolve over the years.