Two from One – No.1 Family Estate

No.1 cuve
A chance to delve into the expert winemaking of Daniel Le Brun at No.1 Family Estate – this box set of two wines coming from the same source. The Reserve having been put aside as a limited release of ageing on lees and how this imparts that distinctive edge that only really fine sparkling wines can deliver.
Cuvé No.1 Blanc de Blancs Méthode Traditionelle, NV

From Marlborough, comes this impressive New Zealand sparkling wine – 100% Chardonnay, and having aged on its lees for 2 years. Beautifully expressive and aromatic on the nose, with a bouquet of red apple, chestnut, chamomile, lemon zest and elderflower. Dry and elegant, showing a racy, mineral-flecked acidity with real power and drive into the palate. Ripe, tropical flavours of nectarine, melon, crystallised pineapple and a bite of yeasty sourdough. A plush, silken texture emerges from under the crisp acidity and sumptuous fruit, leading to a slightly drying finish of great length. 93pts.

No.1 Estate Reserve
No.1 Estate Reserve Méthode Traditionelle, NV

Taking the Cuvé No.1 Blanc de Blancs, and giving it an extra ageing on lees (around 8 years in total) produces this extraordinary, complex and delicious Reserve wine – my favourite of their range. Comparable to a very fine Champagne. Superb presentation, and looking superb in the glass too. A bright, pale gold with big volume on the nose. Aromas of baked apricot Danish, nutmeg, sweet apple, cardamom, lemon meringue and yeasty brioche. Dry, complex, concentrated and with a tight, crisp acidity. The finesse of the mousse of bubbles is textural in itself – fine and creamy across the rich palate. The age character comes through later, with a toasty, savoury, mineral edge adding more depth. The finish brings all the elements together in a lovely harmony – delicate and lingering. 96pts.
Right up there with the best wines of 2021.

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