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Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve 2012

Canada, Nova Scotia
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Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve 2012
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
Region Gaspereau Valley
Producer Benjamin Bridge
Vintage 2012
Color Sparkling Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay 65%, Pinot Noir 25%, Pinot Meunier 10%
¥10,560
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
Region Gaspereau Valley
Producer Benjamin Bridge
Vintage 2012
Color Sparkling Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay 65%, Pinot Noir 25%, Pinot Meunier 10%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 11%
Product Code D001S00212
UPC 695555000119
Inventory Very Low Stock (9)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

In the glass, a deep golden colour with a straw hue. The nose is immediately captivating, with heightened citrus notes of lemon preserve and fresh ruby red grapefruit, supported by the most subtle and delicate floral suggestion. The palate is expansive, dense and rich, with a tightly knit texture and energizing hints of apricot sorbet. The finish appears almost everlasting, as our terroir’s unmistakable saline minerality reverberates.
- Head Winemaker, Jean-Benoit Deslauriers

Press
93Gismondionwine
93 points, Treve Ring, gismondionwine.ca
93WineAlign
93 points, David Lawrason, winealign.com
Reviews & Ratings

GOLD - National Wine Awards of Canada 2018

93 points, David Lawrason, winealign.com.
This a chardonnay/pinot noir traditional method aged long on its lees. It has a light, delicate and firm ambiance but shows very intense and complex flavours. Mature aromas include hazelnut, lemon, pear, honey and straw, all well combined. The acidity is very fine but not weak and the focus and length are excellent, with a mineral nudge on the finish. Tasted December 2018

93 points, Treve Ring, gismondionwine.ca.
The Brut Reserve is only released in exceptional years when the winery deems the fruit worthy of the program. Reserve wines come from the top barrel selections and oldest estate plantings. It has only happened before in 2004, 2008, 2012, and the unreleased 2016. This wine was the very last to be assembled by Champagne oenologist Raphaël Brisbois before his death just a few weeks after blending this wine. It's an opus tribute. If you're familiar with the Brut (2013 is new release), think of this as similar but with the volume cranked up. Pulsing with energy, this streams lemon, oyster shell, green apple along a chalky palate. Tannins are ringed with white grapefruit pith and the finish lingers long with a marine rinse, anise kiss, and that chalky tug. Layers of complexity even now in youth, this will only build with time in the bottle. Thrilled to taste Nova Scotia in this bottle

Carmelo Giardina, vineroutes.com
Ten of Nova Scotia’s twenty wineries are currently making some of the best sparkling wines in the country — witness Benjamin Bridge. Sure, Dom Perignon might be the gold standard when it comes to luxury Champagne, but this beauty of a brut is just as good at a fraction of the price (a bottle of Dom will run you $270 now at the LCBO). And like a vintage Champagne, this is one that will age years if not decades. Right now it’s citrusy and fruity, sharp and cutting. With time, this will become more toasty and complex. Inflated pricing doesn’t always mean better. This is a testament to that.

Production

Vinification

The Brut Reserve represents the pinnacle category of our sparkling program, and is annually assembled with the sole purpose of finding the most harmonious and powerful combination of Chardonnay and Pinot.Each vintage presents a distinct expression of our coastal climate and is celebrated for their uniqueness. Some growing seasons stand out as having produced wines of uncommon depth and character, and intriguingly, reads like an arithmetic sequence: 2004, 2008, 2012 and finally 2016. In 2012, this is thanks to dry and cool harvest months, delaying the pick by over two weeks, which allowed for additional maturity with the elongated season. A luminary Brut Reserve unlikely to be matched for some years, this wine was the very last to be assembled by Champagne oenologist Raphaël Brisbois; a last opus of epic proportions composed only a few weeks before his passing.

Aging: 5 years on lees

Producer

Producer Description

In just over two short decades, Benjamin Bridge has distinguished itself as Canada's premier sparkling wine house.
 

An ambitious and visionary project, in 1999, Gerry McConnell and, his late wife, Dara Gordon purchased land in the Gaspereau Valley with the bold vision to create a world-class winery that would reflect an unconditional commitment to producing spectacular wines. At that time, the Nova Scotia wine industry had only a few wineries with widely varied wine portfolios, so they sought expertise from outside the region to assess the potential for terroir-driven wines in Nova Scotia. In 2000, leading winery consultant and international winemaker, Peter J. Gamble, was engaged as wine consultant with his partner, winemaker Ann Sperling; that year, land was cleared, tiled and subsoil was fractured in preparation for the first plantings.

After significant research, they recommended Benjamin Bridge develop a specialized wine portfolio by exploring the potential to produce classic method sparkling wines and brisk, aromatic whites. Upon the recommendation of Peter Gamble and Tom Stevenson, the world’s foremost Champagne authority, Gerry and Dara contacted leading Champagne oenologist Raphaël Brisbois, former chef de cave for the legendary Piper Heidsieck. Raphaël agreed to tour and assess the vineyards and the region, and after tasting tremendous potential agreed to consult, until his recent passing in late summer 2013. In 2002, the first experimental sparkling wines were made; seven different cuvées in all, in order to better understand the terroir, the varieties, the structure and the aromatics. Subsequent cuvées followed in succession with the exception of 2006, when a devastating winter (minus 26.5 degrees Celsius) struck the Gaspereau Valley. In view of the minimal size of the traditional vinifera harvest, the company elected not to make a classic method sparkling wine in 2006. To date, approximately 40 acres have been planted to grape vines. Gerry and Dara wholeheartedly supported the organic approach advised by the Gamble/Sperling team, and from the outset, the vineyard advanced quickly to full organic certification. More than half of the plantings is devoted to vinifera grapes (primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, but also some Sauvignon Blanc for still winemaking). After the purchase of an additional 60+ acres of farmland adjacent to the current estate in 2013, the estate will grow to 75 acres of vineyard by 2018. Since 2009 Benjamin Bridge has also worked with a select number of local grape growers who share its passion for and dedication to quality in the vineyard.

In 2008, Benjamin Bridge head winemaker, Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, joined the winery and, from there, began crafting its sparkling and still wine vintages, in consultation with Peter and Raphaël. These wines include Nova 7, an off-dry, slightly effervescent white wine that has become the top selling white wine in Nova Scotia, outpacing all domestic and international offerings. Nova 7 has been coined Nova Scotia’s “iconic wine”, becoming the first Nova Scotia wine to be listed in Ontario and available across Canada. In August 2012, Benjamin Bridge’s 2004 Brut Reserve and 2004 Blanc de Noirs were tasted in a comparative blind tasting with 2004 Cristal and 2005 David Léclapart L’Apôtre Blanc de Blanc with leading Canadian wine writers in Toronto, Ontario. Both Tony Aspler and Konrad Ejbich reported nationally that the majority of the attendees – themselves included - ranked the Benjamin Bridge sparkling ahead of the highly rated prestige Champagne. Regarding the excellent Benjamin Bridge showing, Ejbich further commented “A one point spread may not seem like a lot, but when you’re comparing the best of Old World wines with New World wines, it does matter. In some minds, it’s seismic.” Wine writer/participant Ed Finstein declared Benjamin Bridge sparkling as “Canada’s best bubbly” and “amazing sparkling wine that can rival any top cuvee of Champagne.” Sparkling wine production volumes, in the range of 1,200 bottles per annum during the company’s initial years, have grown slowly as the company’s vineyard plantings continue to expand; 10,000 bottles from the 2012 harvest were cellared for future release. In recent years, Oz Clarke, one of Britain’s most famous wine writers, declared: “Benjamin Bridge is the new Canadian sparkler star.” And John Szabo, Canada’s first and only Master Sommelier, declared, “I’m confident in stating that this [‘05 Brut Reserve] is very likely the finest sparkling wine to have yet been issued from Canadian soil”.

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