A blend of 70% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier. Once blended and bottled Ambriel Classic Cuvée was stored on-site in temperature-controlled conditions and left undisturbed to evolve on its lees for at least 24 months.
We strive to produce wines which encapsulate the particular characteristics of our soil and climate. We are fiercely proud of our rigorous control over the wine-making process from grape to glass. We have built a state of the art winery in the vineyard. We don’t make wine for anybody else. We only use grapes that we have nurtured ourselves.
The grapes come straight from the vineyard into the winery. Each clone is pressed separately to maximise our blending options. The grapes are gently whole-bunch pressed and each “cut” of the juice from the press is graded and put into separate tanks. The juice is then vinified in stainless steel, temperature-controlled tanks to maximise their fruit flavours and aromas. We have the option of maturing a proportion of the wine in aged white burgundy barrels to soften and give complexity to the final blend.
Our blending philosophy is to create wines which reflect the best characteristics of our terroir and the climate in a particular year. We will blend in reserve wines from earlier years to complement the characteristics of a particular vintage but not to create homogeneity. We will only declare a vintage in an exceptional year. Our wines will therefore vary from year to year and we think that they deserve the same passion from devotees as, say, a favoured Burgundy domaine.
9.5 hectares planted in April 2008. Situated on south-facing greensand slopes overlooking West Sussex’s South Downs and the ancient iron age fort of Chanctonbury ring. The greensand is free-draining and the underlying rock reflects heat to help ripen the grapes.
Burgundian clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, together with Pinot Meunier, were selected for their higher quality.
The vineyard is managed to the highest standards, in sympathy with both nature and the demands of the weather. Spraying is kept to a minimum as weather permits. Much of the work is done by hand: pruning, green harvesting, de-leafing and of course harvesting. Each clone of each variety of vine is harvested at its particular optimal moment. As harvest approaches, grapes are monitored daily for sugars, acidity and phenolic ripeness to ensure that we identify when the grapes reach their peak. When they are ready to go – we go.
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Country UK Region No Sub Region No Colour White Grape Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir Vintage NV Alcohol 12%-13% Viticulture No Body Full-Medium Type Dry Bottle Size Bottle (750ml) Bottle Closure Cork Drinking Maturity Ready, will keep