The late Steven Spurrier and his wife Arabella established Bride Valley, located in West Dorset, which continues to be run by the Spurrier family. Steven, while running Les Caves de la Madeleine and L’Académie du Vin in Paris in the 1980s, had chalky soil samples from Arabella’s 80 hectare estate tested and the results came back: “very similar to Champagne”. This is not surprising, because the village of Kimmeridge is just 38 kilometres as the crow flies from Bride Valley. After two decades and three visits from Boisset’s sparkling wine expert, Georges Legrand, vines were planted on the best sites in the bowl of the amphitheatre-like estate. Three hectares were planted in 2009, rising to a total of 10 hectares in 2013 when planting was completed.
The fruit characteristics show beautifully with aromas of wild strawberries, red currant and raspberry on the nose. The palate deftly balances crisp acidity, with creamy texture and juicy red berry fruit, culminating in a refreshing and moreish finish.
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