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There is something quite wonderful about an invitation to a party at The Ritz. It’s even lovelier when you are invited to help launch something you really like at The Ritz. That something is a new wine from English sparkling winemaker Nyetimber – specifically, the first prestige cuvee from an English winemaker.
Some of you may remember that four years ago (to the exact day!), we celebrated the launch of my cookbook at Ralph Lauren on New Bond Street with Nyetimber, who kindly offered me their wines for the party. I was thrilled, both then and now – I grew up not far from the Nyetimber estates, and I’ve always loved their wines, so for me to have this connection and to be working with them on the launch of their new wine is such an enormous pleasure.
I’m thrilled to be working alongside two good friends on the launch – David Evans and Anna Barnett, and we met up for a glass of Nyetimber at The Ritz before the big reveal to the world last yesterday evening.
Called 1086, and now available as a vintage 2009 sparkling white, and a 2010 sparkling rose, it has been created by Nyetimber Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs and her Winemaker husband Brad Greatrix, as the ultimate expression of the Nyetimber estate, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year.
Harvesting and blending from small parcels of their very best fruit, the winemakers have created a glorious prestige cuvee that stands in comparison with the best of the best.
The launch itself was held in the rococo gilt and burgundy surroundings of The Ritz’s private dining room, where we gathered to taste the two prestige cuvee wines under the tutelage of Cherie Spriggs.
The blend is hand-selected from Nyetimber’s finest estate-grown wines and matured on their lees for at least five years in the traditional method. The 2009 is a blend of 46% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir and 11% Pinot Meunier, and includes notes of honey, pastry and roasted nuts.
The 2010 Rose is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, and its notes include floral, cassis and red fruit aromas.
Because in 1086, almost 1000 years ago, the valley of Nitimbreha made its first appearance in recorded history, when the estate was mentioned in the Domesday Book, the great survey of England and Wales ordered by William the Conqueror. Nitimbreha likely referring to a newly timbered house or perhaps a small timber plantation.
1086 is only produced in exceptional years. The blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and the locations where they are harvested, can change from one vintage to another, and a wine like 1086 is only possible because Nyetimber harvest and ferment each parcel separately. With over 90 separate parcels in their vineyards, they can nurture and develop their nuanced flavours to create the ultimate expression of the estate.
We can look forward to future vintages of the 1086: a 2010 vintage for the sparkling white wine and a 2013 vintage for the rosé. Meanwhile the current vintages are available from Harrods, and Fortnum & Mason, and a small selection of bars and restaurants.