Wine writers and Masters of Wine are giving this new vintage of the classic Essence Pure Chardonnay a real thumbs up.“Classy”, “ A thing of beauty”, “Lovely fragrance, freshness and a real sense of pristine fruit”.
Runner up in the Sparkling Winemaker of the Year competition at the prestigious Sommelier Wine Awards (only beaten by Taittinger!), Fox & Fox are a husband and wife boutique wine making team close to the ancient village of Mayfield in East Sussex, at the heart of the exploding English Sparkling Wine's most famous region.
Essence is a pure un-oaked Chardonnay; it has become a bit of a cult wine with the critics and a sought after wine by Fox & Fox's Private List members.
This wine has a strong following and demand is high but it will only ever be produced in small quantities.
Small bubbles fill the mouth and deliver a refreshingly long finish. Essence is a wine that drinks well on its own, and offers good aging potential. The first vintage of Essence (2011) scored 96 points in Decanter, and is a worthy successor.
Bottles Made: 1,121
Winemaking: Traditional Method
Steel tank & Bottle Fermentation | Un-filtered
Cépage: 100% Chardonnay
Time on lees: 33 months minimum
Disgorged: June 2018
Dosage: 7.5 g/L
Clones: Burgundy/Champagne clones for flavour & structure
Soil: Predominantly Clay loam
Aspect: South | Slope 5% sloping away to the west.
Microclimate: A parcel situated on a sheltered south-facing plateau, which gently slopes away to the west, open, sunny, protected from the wind by topography and woodlands
Awards: Silver: Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 | Silver IWSC 2018