Court Garden

Court Garden Blanc de Noirs 2013

PDO England, Sussex, England

Blend: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier | 11% ABV


In Champagne-fashion, East Sussex Court Garden's Blanc de Noirs is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Light lemon-green in colour with fine bubbles and aromas of red apple, pear and almond. The palate shows off an appealing array of biscuity flavours. Great length and vibrancy. A lovely English sparkling wine.

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Light lemon-green in colour with fine bubbles and aromas of red apple, pear and almond. The palate shows off an appealing array of biscuity flavours. Great length and vibrancy.

Serve Chilled. The 2013 Blanc de Noirs is an appealing blend that focuses on the black grapes from Champagne. As such, these styles tend to be more "vinous" with a bit more weight and structure. They can easily accompany lighter meat dishes and cheese or even be drunk on their own.

Hugo Corney has ditched the bean counting as a Chartered Accountant to grape counting in the vines, as chief winemaker at Court Garden Estate. In his own words: "At Court Garden, a single-vineyard estate set at the foot of South Downs national park, we pride ourselves in the care and attention we give our vines from the winter pruning through to the harvest festival in the Autumn. With the vineyard only 100-150 meters from the winery, we are able to process the hand-picked grapes within hours of picking to capture the true flavour and aromas of our meso-climate. Using cool fermentation and aging in both stainless steel and oak barrel and long lees aging in the bottle, we can showcase what is so special about Court Garden."

Court Garden is a family-run, single-estate vineyard and winery in East Sussex, set on a beautiful south-facing slope with the South Downs as a backdrop. Sussex shares similar geology to north-east France; the chalk of the downs runs beneath the Channel into the Champagne region. Established in 2005 by husband, wife and son team, Howard, Jenny and Hugo, who have quickly made a reputable name for themselves as a more boutique English wine producer.

The Farm has a long history of farming. In Saxon times the farm was known as the Manor of Ditchling Garden, from the middle ages to the reformation it was held by the monks at the priory in Lewes. After a short spell owned by the crown the farm became known as Court Garden. The farm appears on one of the earliest maps of Sussex, Yeakell and Gardner’s map of 1778-1783, just to the north of Ditchling. Not much has changed in the landscape since then.

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Court Garden Vineyard in East Sussex demonstrates a commitment to sustainability across various facets of their winemaking operation. They try to use environmentally-conscious viticulture, employing low intervention practices and actively mitigating the impacts of climate change through vine canopy management. Biodiversity preservation is a consideration, with the creation of wildflower meadows and some soil health practices in place. Their winemaking philosophy aligns with low intervention principles. They also use 100% renewable electricity. Engagement with the local community is evident through initiatives like employing community pickers, supporting local schools and charities, and hosting community events. Staff receive above minimum wage, and safety measures are in place for all employees. While they don't have specific sustainability targets and do not follow any organic farming practices, their efforts encompass ethical supplier considerations, female representation in leadership, and an overall consideration of environmental and social sustainability in their approach.

White | Sparkling | 75cl | 11% ABV | Contains Sulphites

  • Vegan - Practising (Uncertified)

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