This is the wine that replaced the originaly ‘Bolney Bubbly.’ Past iterations of this NV ‘classic cuvée’ were based on the ‘classic’ Champagne trio of grapes with Chardonnay at the helm. This version, however, focuses on the Pinot Noir, which makes up 82% of the blend, and provides a delicate, royal fruitiness. Yet the Chardonnay, as always at Bolney, is still the matriarch of the vineyard. Her short temper and high-pitched voice are easily recognizable with laser-like acidity. Pinot Meunier adds a splash of fun, like a court jester. While previous bottlings had a racing acidity above 10 g/L, this bottling is a little more subdued, hovering just under 7 g/L, which called for a lower dosage to reach a pristine balance on the palate. This is a delicious and yet quite sophisticated entry into the Bolney court.
Despite the ‘NV’ label, this blend consists entirely of the 2018 vintage. The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to tank, each vinified separately. Sam made the selection with a vision in mind for drinkability and yet site specificity. The blend was produced with that in mind and put to bottle for secondary fermentation where it gained complexity and breadth on the lees for a minimum of two years. The wines were disgorged on June 24, 2021 and topped with a 4.5 gram per liter dosage. The wine is fun and still very serious.