Furleigh Estate is 85 acres of vineyard, lakes and grazing land surrounded by woodland near Bridport, Dorset. The area is teaming with wildlife; buzzards fly overhead; deer, pheasants and partridge roam the vineyard, while heron fish regularly from the lakes to which the resident geese return each Spring.
Four years of careful planning and investment has transformed the former dairy farm into a modern and productive vineyard and winery.
A 5,000 square foot winery was built in 2007. This now accommodates a specialist pneumatic press, designed to carry out the very gentle whole bunch pressing required for quality sparkling wines. Temperature controlled stainless steel tanks from Italy and Germany, oak barrels from Cognac and riddling and dosage machinery from Epernay in the Champagne region of France complete the major equipment.
A temperature controlled cellar provides the ideal conditions to store and mature sparkling wines on their lees, so as to develop the best flavours and mousse possible.
This traditional, bottle-fermented, quality sparkling wine is made from 41% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir & 24% Pinot Meunier. These classic French varieties give this wine a creamy mousse, a fruity and harmonious taste and good length focussed on freshness. After hand picking, the grapes were whole bunch pressed to obtain the finest juice. Tirage (the addition of yeast and unfermented juice to start the second fermentation in the bottle) took place after 7 months. The wine was then left to mature on its lees for at least 18 months before disgorgement.
Coates & Seely is the joint venture of ex London financier Nicholas Coates and Christian Seely, MD of AXA Millésimes, the French insurance giant’s wine division that includes such notable names as Château Suduiraut, Château Petit-Village & Noval Port.
The 20 hectares or so of vineyards are sited on the North Hampshire Downs whose chalk soils are ideal for vine cultivation being the northern extension of the geology that forms the vineyard areas of the Champagne region of northern France. The three classic grape varieties of Champagne, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier are grown and the winery has only the finest of equipment imported mainly from France.
“Britagne”, a generic name coined by Coates & Seely to indicate top quality English sparkling wine, can only be made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes, where the second fermentation takes place in bottles. Just as top French sparkling wines are made by the Méthode Traditionnelle, so their English counterparts are made under the ‘Méthode Britannique’.
65% Chardonnay 35% Pinot Noir
Pale gold in appearance with a fine mousse of tiny bubbles. The nose is fresh with green apple and citrus zest notes. The palate is full and rounded without being overblown, flavours of apple and elderflower lead to a long and elegant finish balanced with fine acidity.
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