Hambledon Classic Cuvee NV Brut, Hampshire, England
Traditional champagne style , fresh sourdough, soft bruised apple, slight oak, bright and lively, delicious.
Blend - 40% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir, 31% Pinot Meunier, mostly from the 2014 harvest, with barrel-aged reserve wine from 2010.
Producer - Ian Kellett acquired Hambledon Vineyard in 1999. As a passionate wine lover, Ian was intrigued by the winemaking heritage of the property. He began studying oenology at Plumpton College in Sussex with a view to restoring Hambledon to its former glory. In 2005 Ian planted a 10-acre ‘test bed’ of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to see which of the 27 different combinations of vine clones and rootstocks gave the best results. A team then travelled to France to meet Hubert de Billy, son of the chairman of Pol Roger. In 2011 one of the other final pieces of the jigsaw slotted into place with the appointment of Hervé Jestin, formerly one of Champagne’s leading chefs de cave. Hervé directs all winemaking at the Estate. Hambledon Vineyard now comprises over 200 acres of vineyards and the only gravity-fed, state-of-the-art winery in the UK.
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
Suitable for - Vegetarian, Vegan
Awards - 2017 International Wine Challenge Gold