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Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée NV

Sparkling Wine from England
A superb English sparkling wine more than a decade in the planning, Nyetimber’s multi-vintage wine is a full-flavoured, savoury standard-bearer. Predominantly chardonnay alongside pinots noir and meunier, the blend is aged for more than three years on its yeast lees to add extra complexity and class.
Price: £31.00 Bottle
Price: £186.00 Case of 6
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Code: SG2131

Wine characteristics

  • Sparkling Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 12% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • 75cl
  • Champagne cork

England

Thanks to a combination of warmer, drier summers, better understanding of soils and micro-climates, and heavy and intelligent investment in vineyards and wineries, English and Welsh wines are now better than ever.

There are now more than 500 vineyards planted totaling over 2,000 hectares, with a 75% increase in the last six years alone. Because of our northerly latitude and maritime island climate, site selection is crucial. Not surprisingly, the majority of vineyards are found in the English southern counties of Sussex, Kent, Gloucester and Hampshire though there are some found as far north as Yorkshire.

Styles of wine

English and Welsh wine producers as a whole continue to make major improvements to their wines, but it is the producers of premium sparkling wines which have received the most accolades in recent years, blazing a trail for the industry as a whole to be given the serious attention it deserves.


Sparkling wine - This is a major growth area for the UK with our climate...
Thanks to a combination of warmer, drier summers, better understanding of soils and micro-climates, and heavy and intelligent investment in vineyards and wineries, English and Welsh wines are now better than ever.

There are now more than 500 vineyards planted totaling over 2,000 hectares, with a 75% increase in the last six years alone. Because of our northerly latitude and maritime island climate, site selection is crucial. Not surprisingly, the majority of vineyards are found in the English southern counties of Sussex, Kent, Gloucester and Hampshire though there are some found as far north as Yorkshire.

Styles of wine

English and Welsh wine producers as a whole continue to make major improvements to their wines, but it is the producers of premium sparkling wines which have received the most accolades in recent years, blazing a trail for the industry as a whole to be given the serious attention it deserves.


Sparkling wine - This is a major growth area for the UK with our climate well-suited to the production of sparkling wine which accounts for 66% of total output. But it is the premium, bottle-fermented wines that have made the rest of the world sit up and take notice. Sussex and the South Downs are perfect for growing the classic mix of Champagne grapes, chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. The South Downs are actually on the same geological formation (limestone on top of a sandstone belt) that continues down through the east of France to Champagne. However, this type of soil is not everything and many vines for top bubbly made over here are grown on very different, often clay-based soils quite different from the Champagne-like calcareous formation, and our climatic conditions seem to be just as important, if not more so.

The best sparkling wines give the Champenois a good run for their money and are better than many Champagnes. We currently buy top-quality premium sparklers from Nyetimber in West Sussex, who with 400 acres are the largest producer of the style in the UK, and Ridgeview in Ditchling Common, Sussex.

Dry white - Reflecting changing tastes, wines made here are increasingly made on the drier side, helped along by warmer summers and improved techniques in vineyard and winery. Still dry white wines show a natural acidity and crispness in their youth. They tend to have a certain nettley, hedgerow freshness about them that is peculiarly English and most attractive. Such wines now represent 24% of all English wine production, Still

Rosé & red - This is style that is also increasing in popularity and one at which the UK can excel, rosé again shows well in its youth, often with attractive strawberry aromas and just a hint of sweetness to balance out the acidity. Reds are a minority as they tend to sometimes lack the necessary ripeness to allow them to show at their best unless our summer and autumn weather is particularly benign. Advances are being made here too though, as producers experiment with different varieties and vineyard sites to find which ripen best where. Front-runners are dornfelder, rondo and pinot noir but at the moment, none has impressed sufficiently and prices are rather high so we have not yet selected any to offer to members.

Wine labelling - English and Welsh wines are produced and labelled under a Quality Wine Scheme which was established in 1992. They are classified in ascending order as table wine, regional wine or quality wine.

Grape guide

Faced with a blank canvas, what vines should a grower on these islands plant? Many of the varieties planted have German origins, partly because it was originally German-trained winemakers who helped UK growers with advice and expertise. It was also felt that these varieties would have better success in such a northerly latitude and, in the 1970s, when there was a resurgence of wine growing in this country, German wines were in their heyday. It is vital to choose early-ripening varieties with good resistance to fungal disease; many of those that have had success are in fact hybrids, again developed in Germany.

Today, there is a patchwork of a multitude of different varieties found in the vineyards of England and Wales. With one or two notable exceptions, these are generally blended together to create wines with a real point of interest and difference from those found elsewhere in Europe. As many of the grapes will be unfamiliar to members and because they rarely appear on their own, so may be difficult to get to know, we provide the principal characteristics below.

More recently, and line with the success of sparkling wines on these shores, pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier have been planted extensively and continue to be so.
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Nyetimber

The original Nyetimber estate in the heart of West Sussex is steeped in English history. Domesday records mention ‘Nitimbreha’ as one of the estates given by William the Conqueror to his Norman feudal baron Roger de Montgomery. Unsurprisingly, over the turbulent centuries that followed the Nyetimber estate changed hands many times until it was bought by the nephew of American Banker JP Morgan in 1919. The fashionable Arts & Crafts movement heavily influenced the renovation of the main building which still retains much of the decorative stained glass and intricate plasterwork installed at the time.

The winemaking era began in 1988 when the first Nyetimber vineyards were established by Stuart and Sandy Moss from Chicago. They bought the estate with the ambition of transforming it from a working farm into a commercial vineyard. They carefully planted the vineyards with the classic Champagne varieties of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier which are ideally suited to the soils – similar to those found in Champagne itself - and undulating slopes here. In 2001 the couple sold the business on to the songwriter and producer Andy Hill whose biggest claim to fame was co-writing the winning Eurovision song for his wife’s group Buck’s Fizz. We suspect that the name of the group was no simple coincidence. In 2006 the estate was acquired by the present owner Eric Heerema who has expanded the area to over 400 acres, making it the largest in the UK to make wine from only...
The original Nyetimber estate in the heart of West Sussex is steeped in English history. Domesday records mention ‘Nitimbreha’ as one of the estates given by William the Conqueror to his Norman feudal baron Roger de Montgomery. Unsurprisingly, over the turbulent centuries that followed the Nyetimber estate changed hands many times until it was bought by the nephew of American Banker JP Morgan in 1919. The fashionable Arts & Crafts movement heavily influenced the renovation of the main building which still retains much of the decorative stained glass and intricate plasterwork installed at the time.

The winemaking era began in 1988 when the first Nyetimber vineyards were established by Stuart and Sandy Moss from Chicago. They bought the estate with the ambition of transforming it from a working farm into a commercial vineyard. They carefully planted the vineyards with the classic Champagne varieties of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier which are ideally suited to the soils – similar to those found in Champagne itself - and undulating slopes here. In 2001 the couple sold the business on to the songwriter and producer Andy Hill whose biggest claim to fame was co-writing the winning Eurovision song for his wife’s group Buck’s Fizz. We suspect that the name of the group was no simple coincidence. In 2006 the estate was acquired by the present owner Eric Heerema who has expanded the area to over 400 acres, making it the largest in the UK to make wine from only estate-grown fruit. The wines produced are full-flavoured, premium sparklers made using the same methods as those in Champagne.

The Nyetimber cuvées have won enthusiastic reviews from the wine press and are regularly served at state occasions. The classic blend is chardonnay-dominated with pinot noir and meunier in support and has at least three years’ bottle maturation before release for sale. The rich texture and finesse of the chardonnay-only cuvée put it on a par with fine Blanc de Blancs Champagne.
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2010 vintage reviews
2009 vintage reviews

The Times

… bursting with rich,creamy, lemon brioche fruit …

Jane MacQuitty

matthewjukes.com

The new multi-vintagerelease from Nyetimber is one of the finest balanced wines in thecountry.  Spot on in every way and effortlessly controlled on the nose andpalate.

- Matthew Jukes

The Daily Telegraph

"… creamy,assured and sophisticated."

- Victoria Moore

The Sunday Times

We are living throughthe great English wine boom. There are now about a dozen top-quality producersand Nyetimber is up there with the very best. Compare its Classic Cuvée with achampagne and see...
We are living throughthe great English wine boom. There are now about a dozen top-quality producersand Nyetimber is up there with the very best. Compare its Classic Cuvée with achampagne and see which you prefer.
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- Will Lyons

The Times

A gorgeouschampagne-method fizz, all buttered-lemon brioche fruit …

Jane MacQuitty

independent.co.uk

You know you’redrinking something special the moment you take the first sip of this WestSussex produced beauty. An outstanding aperitif from the first English house toproduce sparkling wine 25 years ...
You know you’redrinking something special the moment you take the first sip of this WestSussex produced beauty. An outstanding aperitif from the first English house toproduce sparkling wine 25 years ago, this is its first non-vintage fizz. Ablend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, it has a rounded, creamystyle with gentle, persistent bubbles and flavours of almond, honey, lemon andapple peel.
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- Kate Hilpern

JancisRobinson.com

Pretty neutral nosebut good grip on the palate. Very brisk and appetising. The fruit nicelycounterbalances the acidity. Excellent balance on the palate but perhaps thisparticular cuvée is too young...
Pretty neutral nosebut good grip on the palate. Very brisk and appetising. The fruit nicelycounterbalances the acidity. Excellent balance on the palate but perhaps thisparticular cuvée is too young to have developed much aroma?
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- Jancis Robinson

Financial Times

The pioneer producerof top quality English sparkling wine is now in the hands of top qualityCanadian winemakers who could not be more ambitious for the future of the brand.The bottle I tasted recently was ...
The pioneer producerof top quality English sparkling wine is now in the hands of top qualityCanadian winemakers who could not be more ambitious for the future of the brand.The bottle I tasted recently was very brisk and appetising but had not yetdeveloped much aroma.
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- Jancis Robinson

The Sunday Times

Nyetimber is wherethe great English wine boom all began in the mid-1980s, when the classicChampagne trinity of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir vines wereplanted. Produced by Cherie Spriggs and...
Nyetimber is wherethe great English wine boom all began in the mid-1980s, when the classicChampagne trinity of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir vines wereplanted. Produced by Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrix, this market leader hasfirst-class flavour.
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- Will Lyons

rosemurraybrown.com

Despite an influx ofnewcomers, this fizz is still ahead of the pack with delicate citric fruits,toasty undertones, creamy fruits, depth and vibrancy.  Nyetimber wascreated by an American couple who...
Despite an influx ofnewcomers, this fizz is still ahead of the pack with delicate citric fruits,toasty undertones, creamy fruits, depth and vibrancy.  Nyetimber wascreated by an American couple who pioneered the use of Chardonnay, Pinot Noirand Pinot Meunier, copying Champagne back in 1988, although authorities advisedthem to plant apples instead.  Now owned by Dutchman Eric Heerema withCanadian winemaker Cherie Spriggs.
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- Rose Murray Brown

The Times

Splash out on thisgorgeous, creamy, yet tangy, buttered lemon brioche bubbly. It’s the best yet.

- Jane MacQuitty

joannasimon.com

It's a classicchardonnay, pinot noir and meunier blend with fine mousse, creamy patisserie,apple pie and nutty-nougat flavours and crisp apple and citrus freshness – thatmagical combination of...
It's a classicchardonnay, pinot noir and meunier blend with fine mousse, creamy patisserie,apple pie and nutty-nougat flavours and crisp apple and citrus freshness – thatmagical combination of richness and delicacy.
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- Joanna Simon

JancisRobinson.com

… stood out whencompared blind in November [2018] … with Champagne's finest prestige cuvees.

- Jancis Robinson

Sunday Express

Nyetimber is widelyreckoned to be one of the top sparkling wine producers from the UK. This is aseriously good, balanced fizz with with sophistication. It has subtle creamyundertones to the crisp citrus...
Nyetimber is widelyreckoned to be one of the top sparkling wine producers from the UK. This is aseriously good, balanced fizz with with sophistication. It has subtle creamyundertones to the crisp citrus fruit with attractive pear and peach richness.
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- Jamie Goode

Platinum

[An] oft-posedquestion: "What's your favourite wine?". It sounds so easy, but Ilike most styles. If really pushed I used to say vintage Champagne and it'sstill one of life's great...
[An] oft-posedquestion: "What's your favourite wine?". It sounds so easy, but Ilike most styles. If really pushed I used to say vintage Champagne and it'sstill one of life's great treats. But so are the best English sparkling wines,made in the same way from the same grape varieties.
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- Joanna Simon

joannasimon.com

… always a winner: the current bottling is biscuity,complex, crisp and perfectly proportioned.

- Joanna Simon

Decanter

New from theSymingtons' organically certified vineyards, and the kind of fantastic-valuefortified that Graham's and The Wine Society, does so well. Rich and smooth,warming and spicy, this is...
New from theSymingtons' organically certified vineyards, and the kind of fantastic-valuefortified that Graham's and The Wine Society, does so well. Rich and smooth,warming and spicy, this is über-drinkable - and at this price, not just forChristmas.
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- Panel tasting

Decanter

Doughy, yeasty nosewith a hint of salinity. Soft and fruit-forward with spice and biscuit notes.Great balance.

- Panel tasting

Birmingham Living

Nyetimber is aconsistent, high-quality producer, and while fairly expensive, it's one of thevery best English sparkling wines. Crisp, dry, full-bodied, with savouryovertones. Try with fish and...
Nyetimber is aconsistent, high-quality producer, and while fairly expensive, it's one of thevery best English sparkling wines. Crisp, dry, full-bodied, with savouryovertones. Try with fish and chips! 
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- Rob Price

Press & Journal

Chardonnay, pinotnoir and meunier are estate-grown on chalky, undulating slopes. With chardonnaydominating, and more than three years on the lees, this is elegant with lemonand crinchy apples, a classic...
Chardonnay, pinotnoir and meunier are estate-grown on chalky, undulating slopes. With chardonnaydominating, and more than three years on the lees, this is elegant with lemonand crinchy apples, a classic English flash of acidity and oat biscuit notes.
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- Carol Brown

The Times

Gorgeous, creamy,lemon brioche-scented English sparkler from one of our finest producers.

- Jane MacQuitty

Sunday Express

From the UK's most famous producer, this is a sophisticated sparkling wine, balancing pear, ripe apple and citrus fruit with a hint of sweetness. The acidity is very well integrated. Pure and...
From the UK's most famous producer, this is a sophisticated sparkling wine, balancing pear, ripe apple and citrus fruit with a hint of sweetness. The acidity is very well integrated. Pure and delicious stuff. 
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- Jamie Goode

Sunday Telegraph

This is the winerythat kick-started the great English quality revolution - and it's still at thefront of the pack. The bubbles foam across your palate and the flavour isnutty, toasty and memorably...
This is the winerythat kick-started the great English quality revolution - and it's still at thefront of the pack. The bubbles foam across your palate and the flavour isnutty, toasty and memorably mellow.
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- Oz Clarke

The Times

Creamy, smoky, lemon-briochehit: two thirds chardonnay, one third pinot noir, a dab of pinot meunier.

- Jane MacQuitty

The Mail on Sunday

This English fizzrivals grand cru Champagne with gorgeous complexity.

- Olly Smith

The Times

England's classiestnon-vintage bubbly.

- Jane MacQuitty

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