HOUSE OF ARRAS Blanc de Blancs Museum Release Tasmanian Sparkling Wine 2004
To introduce the phenomenal House of Arras to the Harvey Nichols range we have an exclusive like no other. Just 405 bottles were made of the limited-edition Blanc de Blancs Museum Release 2004 and there are two ways to get your hands on one that’s either right here or via the cellar door in Tasmania.
Disgorged in March 2020 this Australian sparkling wine is the highly anticipated second ‘Museum Release’ from House of Arras and it spent an astonishing 15 years maturing on its lees. To put that in perspective Vintage Champagne only requires one fifth of that duration by law and even the region’s top cuvées rarely extend beyond a decade. The grapes come from the Derwent Huon and Tamar Valleys and Murray Darling and although it’s a Blanc de Blancs there’s a 1% splash of Pinot Noir in the Chardonnay. Think of this like Côte-Rôtie’s Shiraz with a drop of Viognier just to add a little aromatic and textural intrigue. The result is unbelievably rich with swan-like grace and remarkable vibrancy considering its age; expect freshly baked pastries and sourdough grapefruit sorbet creamy marzipan orange blossom wild mushrooms oyster shells and a pinch of smoked sea salt. Arras Blanc de Blancs Museum Release 2004 has been unveiled perfectly mature and ready for immediate enjoyment.
Having amassed hundreds of trophies and gold medals over the last quarter of a century House of Arras is Australia’s most awarded sparkling wine producer and rivals Les Grandes Marques of Champagne. James Halliday Australia’s most famous wine critic rates it as a five-star winery and notes: “While there have been distinguished sparkling wines made in Tasmania for many years none has so consistently scaled the heights of Arras. The complexity texture and structure of the wines are akin to that of Bollinger RD and Krug.”
Born in England Ed Carr moved ‘Down Under’ at the age of eight. Racking up 34 years of experience in the industry 27 of which have been focussed primarily on sparkling wine this “quietly spoken genius” has in the words of James Halliday become “by some considerably distance Australia’s greatest sparkling winemaker.” Sourcing outstanding fruit from Tasmania’s finest cool-climate regions employing the same method used in Champagne and maturing their bottles for an inordinately long time House of Arras creates wines that are renowned for their complexity and depth.
SKU No.: 3281257
Style No.: 825921
Grapes: Chardonnay,Pinot Noir
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.5%
Allergens: Sulphites Eggs Milk