Lyme Bay Brut Reserve
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Lyme Bay Brut Reserve offers pithy white grapefruit, green apple skin and gentle yeasty aromas on its nose. The ripe apple and citrus fruit theme continues on the palate, the freshness bolstered by yeasty richness and a touch of white pepper spice. Long, fresh and far from lean, it has a soft, frothy mousse and a long finish that echoes the zesty and spicy notes of the palate. This English sparkling wine falls very neatly between Prosecco and Champagne in both price and style, showing much of the bright fruit of the former paired with the bready richness and structure of the latter.
Grape Variety: Seyval Blanc
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Brilliant bubbles
Vegetarian: Yes (not certified)
Vegan: Yes (not certified)
Drink With: Super fresh, crispy fish and chips, eaten whilst sitting on a harbour wall and watching the sunset
Seyval Blanc’s lively acidity and bright fruit characters make it a superb candidate for producing sparkling wines. Lyme Bay wanted to produce a fruit-forward, vibrant, yet complex sparkling wine and the Brut Reserve is just that. Lyme Bay's winemakers utilised the Traditional Method of sparkling winemaking, where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in the bottle. This process provides greater structure to the mid-palate and beautiful definition to the flavour profile of the wine, without overpowering the delicate, crisp fruit. Disgorged in batches of 500-700 bottles and hand-labelled with the date this took place, Lyme Bay's Brut Reserve spent approximately 19 months on its lees and the dosage level is 11.5g/l.
From Richard Herrring writing on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:
Dry, ripe apple and subtle Marmite yeasty character. Savoury, dry, complex. Medium bodied, medium length. Lovely definition to the fruit. Drink 2016-2019. 16.5 Points. 08/06/16