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Benjamin Bridge Blanc de Blancs 2004

Canada, Nova Scotia

Handcrafted from 100% Chardonnay, this is Benjamin Bridge's finest sparkling from the acclaimed ’04 vintage.

Rare terroir, extremely low cropping, and a relentless pursuit of quality have resulted in a superb balance of concentration and elegance, and a rare combination of richness and brightness. After aging for nearly a decade, this exquisite wine is the perfect finale to a celebrated vintage. Only 337 bottles produced.

Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
Region Annapolis Valley
Producer Benjamin Bridge
Vintage 2004
Color Sparkling Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥33,000

Handcrafted from 100% Chardonnay, this is Benjamin Bridge's finest sparkling from the acclaimed ’04 vintage.

Rare terroir, extremely low cropping, and a relentless pursuit of quality have resulted in a superb balance of concentration and elegance, and a rare combination of richness and brightness. After aging for nearly a decade, this exquisite wine is the perfect finale to a celebrated vintage. Only 337 bottles produced.

Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
Region Annapolis Valley
Producer Benjamin Bridge
Vintage 2004
Color Sparkling Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12%
Product Code D001S00304
UPC 695555000270
Inventory Very Low Stock (1)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

“In the glass, the wine presents a beautiful light gold colour with a fine persistent mousse. Complex aromas of white mint, key lime, and wet stones abound. The palate displays an array of bright citrus fruit and endless mineral undertones. This exquisite wine owes its brilliance to an extremely rare combination of richness and brightness, and a superb balance of concentration and elegance.”
– Head Winemaker, Jean-Benoit Deslauriers

Reviews & Ratings

"Put this up against any great Champagne, Anytime. Incredible depth and Vibrancy." Veronique Rivet, Master Somellier

Production

Viticulture

Vineyard Composition: 100% Racca Vineyard
Harvest dates: October 2004 (hand harvested)

Vinification

Varietal composition: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12%
TA: 10.75 g/L
pH: 3.01
Dosage: 17 g/L
Brix (avg. at harvest): 18º
Bottling date: August 2005
Aging: 8 years on lees
Production volume: 337 bottles

Production Amount

337
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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