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Ridgeview Wine Estate Blanc de Noir 2013

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750ML / 12% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Ridgeview Wine Estate's Blanc de Noir is only made in the best vintages with a combination of their finest Pinot grapes. A deep golden color with a persistent fine stream of bubbles. Rich, earthy red fruit aromas are followed by a complex toasted palate. The finish is long-lasting and beautifully balanced.

Blend: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Pinot Meunier

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Blanc de Noirs is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Pinot Meunier. It has a fresh, slightly honeyed bouquet augmented by Mirabelle and jasmine aromas. The palate is fresh on the entry with real "zing" to it. Great tension in situ, a sparkling wine that is so tensile that I would mistake it for a Blanc de Blancs if served blind. There is impressive energy and focus here, the best current release from Ridgeview and certainly worth seeking out.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
An initial crisp, green apple note is swiftly overtaken by hints of oatmeal and biscuit. The palate shows that same duality: crisp freshness against generous structured richness. There is depth and elegance here, but always with that fine herbal tinge, reminding you that this is England. Beautifully balanced and poised.
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Ridgeview Wine Estate, British
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The Estate was founded by Christine and Michael Roberts in 1994. Four members of the Roberts’ family now continue to have leading roles in the business and are dedicated to creating world class sparkling wines in the South Downs of England. Following the traditional winemaking methods used by their neighbors in France, they have developed expert knowledge of producing sparkling wines in England.

Being just 88 miles north of Champagne with almost identical geology and climate, it is not surprising that Ridgeview wines are being compared by wine writers to those of the quintessential sparkling wine area. Just a little further North from Champagne is the South Downs of Sussex, the geological formation of which continues through to the east of France down to Champagne. Cool nights make it ideally suited for the growing of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier for traditional method sparkling wines. The combination of chalk and clay in the Downland area of South East England bears an uncanny similarity to the Champagne region. Ridgeview Estate is just 1½ miles north of the highest point on the Sussex Downs - Ditchling Beacon. The whole estate runs to 30 acres (12 hectares). Ridgeview now has partnership vineyards across the South East of England totaling 170 acres who work together with Ridgeview to produce the finest quality fruit.

Ridgeview Estate is located on a low ridge of paludina limestone, on top of a sandstone bed. Sloping southwards towards the Downs and just seven miles from the sea, the winters are mild. The high hills to the south create a rain shadow, keeping the micro climate comparatively dry and positively hot in the summer. The cooler climate enables the grapes to retain high levels of natural acidity when they are fully ripe which is crucial to producing sparkling wines with fine flavors.

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The limestone soils of England’s southern end have proven ideal for the production of sparkling wine. While it might seem too damp and cold for grape growing, recent warm summers and the onset of global warming signify great future growth for the British wine industry.

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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