Liquid history

Could Brexit mean the return of the pint-sized Champagne bottle? Hubert de Billy – great-great-grandson of Pol Roger – contemplates the past and future of one of the most unusual bottles in our cellars Since our foundation in 1849 by M. Pol Roger, my great-great-grandfather, we have remained family-owned and independent, both commercially and in […]

Notes from the vineyard: riddle me this

As we continue to follow life at Nyetimber, we leave the vines behind for the winery this month, as Brad Greatrix examines two important stages in sparkling wine production – riddling and disgorgement – and their impact on the wine’s flavour Nyetimber, like all the best sparkling wine-producers in the world, uses the “traditional method” […]

Notes from the vineyard: flowering

This month Nyetimber Winemaker Brad Greatrix discusses the flowering process, considering the future of the vineyard’s early buds – and potential threats For those that have been following this series, you’ll recall I mentioned that two critical periods during the growing season are budburst and flowering. Towards the end of June is when the flowering […]

Notes from the vineyard: a waiting game

Continuing our series following life at Nyetimber, this month winemaker Brad Greatrix explains exactly what happens to the wine during and after its all-important second fermentation In English vineyards we’re currently in between two important viticultural stages – budburst and flowering. We discussed budburst in the previous instalment of this blog, and I’ll cover the all-important […]