Chapel Down, England’s leading wine producer, has launched a prestige cuvée as part of a collection of three exclusive new wines released from its single vineyard estate Kit’s Coty. Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée, is made from the ‘heart of the first pressing’.
The Kit’s Coty vineyard is located on the North Downs of Kent where the gently sloping lime-rich chalk soils and unique micro-climate produce wines of exceptional quality.
Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2013 is produced from only the very best blocks of Chardonnay within the Kit’s Coty estate. The Coeur de Cuvée is made from the ‘heart of the first pressing’, the finest quality portion of juice extracted exclusively from the first press cycle, before undergoing wild fermentation and maturation on lees in French oak for seven months.
Josh Donaghay-Spire, head winemaker, describes the wine as “a rich, elegant English sparkling wine with aromas of ripe green apple, hazelnuts and freshly baked brioche. The palate has incredible purity and finesse coming from a combination of the chalk soils and the specific pressing technique which carries the well-integrated oak and fruit characters perfectly.”
Just 1600 bottles of Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée (12% ABV) have been produced and each wine is individually numbered and packaged in a gift box that mirrors the iconic design of the bottle. It has an RRP of £99.99 and pushes the quality standards for English sparkling wine.
Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blancs 2013 (12% ABV, RRP £39.99) is produced from Chardonnay vines harvested by hand in October 2013. This refined sparkling wine has undergone malolactic fermentation and 20% of the blend is matured in barrel before being left to age on its lees for three years. With aromas of ripe apple, candied lemon and toasted oats, this Blanc de Blancs works well as an aperitif and equally has the complexity to pair with a variety of dishes, particularly white fish.
Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2014 (12% ABV, RRP £29.99) is the second vintage to be released following the sell-out success of the 2013 vintage last year which was awarded ‘Best UK White Wine over £15’ in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2016. This wild-ferment Chardonnay which has been matured in old French oak for nine months has aromas of melon and peach together with subtle toasted notes. The palate is rich, yet fresh and leads to a long, mineral finish.