Brut Reserve is a classification for a vintage sparkling sourced each year from the highest quality grapes of a sparkling wine house and is Benjamin Bridge’s flagship cuvée.
The 2011 growing season was elongated and cool, lasting long into the fall, and resulting in lower crop yields yet very high grape quality as a direction correlation. The 2011 Brut Reserve fruit was entirely grown and harvested by hand on our estate vineyards on the south facing slopes of the Gaspereau Valley. This traditional method sparkling is comprised of 100% organic vinifera grapes, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the classic Champagne varieties. At inception this was a very notable base wine, which aged in stainless steel, then, spent a remarkable five years on lees, gaining much complexity and lingering depth – the Benjamin Bridge hallmark.
In the glass pale golden colour with a straw hue. On the nose, the wine displays sea minerals, lemon rind and green apples. Rich yet weightless, the palate features hints of almond and orange peel, as well as impressive overall texture and structure. A long and energetic finish enhances the wine’s already impressive purity.
Varietal composition: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Harvest dates: October 2011 (hand harvested)
TA: 11.0 g/L
Dosage: 12 g/L
Brix (average at harvest): 17.5º
Aging: 5 years on lees
Recommended drinking: 2017-2033
Price: $74.50 CDN, 750mL