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Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve Methode Classique
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Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve Methode Classique 2012

Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, CanadaThe Brut Reserve is only released in exceptional years when the winery deems the fruit worthy of the program. Reserve wines come from the top barrel selections and oldest estate plantings. It has only happened before in 2004, 2008, 2012, and the unreleased 2016. This year blended 65 Chardonnay, 25 Pinot Noir, 10 Pinot Meunier, with a requisite dosage of 12 g/l and five years on the lees. This wine was the very last to be assembled by Champagne oenologist Raphaƫl Brisbois before his death just a few weeks after blending this wine. It's an opus tribute. If you're familiar with the Brut (2013 is new release), think of this as similar but with the volume cranked up. Pulsing with energy, this streams lemon, oyster shell, green apple along a chalky palate. Tannins are ringed with white grapefruit pith and the finish lingers long with a marine rinse, anise kiss, and that chalky tug. Layers of complexity even now in youth, this will only build with time in the bottle. Thrilled to taste Nova Scotia in this bottle.Tasted: 08 December 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: NS 75.00 winery direct Producer: Benjamin BridgeDistributors: Winery Direct
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Blend: Pinot Noir - ChardonnayUPC: 695555000119