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Hambledon Vineyard Premiere Cuvee NV English Sparkling Wine 75cl
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Since then, Hambledon have established themselves as one of the foremost sparkling wine producers in the country. The Hambledon property today consists of 50 acres of vineyard and a new gravity-fed, state-of-the-art winery: the only one of its kind in the UK. After a successful harvest of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from 2010 and 2011, Hambledon winery recruited one of Champagne's leading Chef de Caves, Hervé Jestin, who now oversees all winemaking at the estate.
Cellar Master: Hervé Jestin
Winery Location: South Downs | Hampshire, England
Annual Production (bottles): 200,000
Grape Varieties: 58% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Meunier
Base Vintage: 2011
Reserve Wine: 15% from 2010
Ageing: 5 months on the lees
Disgorged: August 2015
Dosage: 8-9 g/l
Drink: Now to 2022
Tasting Note: On the nose, brioche aromas combine with flowers and toasted hazelnuts. The palate has mouth-watering acidity and dried citrus fruit flavour. A fresh and vivid finish with hints of orange peel.
Hambledon Premiére Cuvée NV does not have an individual branded gift box and will be delivered in a silver gift box.
Pale gold. Deeply yeasty nose. Rich brioche flavours, a hint of orange flower water and apricot Danish pastry and very nice development but it just needs a little more depth of fruit in the middle to carry all those tertiary flavours. Savoury and crisp on the finish. (JH)”
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Hambledon Vineyard History
Hambledon is England’s oldest commercial vineyard. During the summer of 1951 Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones was looking out of the dining room window of Mill Down House with his step-son John thinking about what to do with the field directly below them. As Sir Guy was a keen wine lover and Francophile having spent time as a diplomat in Paris, John suggested he might consider planting a vineyard?
The seed had been sown and Sir Guy began researching the feasibility of planting vines on the south-facing chalky slopes surrounding the house in Hambledon on the South Downs. After careful deliberation and with the help and advice from friends at the renowned Champagne House Pol Roger, he planted a number of different grape varieties in 1952 and went on to release the first commercial range of English wines.
Winemaker Bill Carcary joined the Hambledon team in 1966 and the wines soon drew a strong following, winning a number of awards and even a Gold Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 1984. The wines were served on the QE2, in British Embassies around the world, in the Houses of Parliament and in export markets around the world including the USA and Japan. On one occasion during a visit to Paris, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II served Hambledon wine to President Pompadour during a reception at the British Embassy in Paris. The story behind this wine being served involves Steven Spurrier MW (famous for the Paris Judgement of ‘76) and an interesting interaction with French customs.
Sadly, following a change of ownership, winemaking activities were curtailed at Hambledon in the mid 1990s and the vineyard was shrunk to just four acres, producing grapes for sale to other wineries. However, Hambledon was reborn in 1999 when Ian Kellett bought Hambledon Vineyard. As a passionate wine lover, Ian was intrigued by the winemaking heritage of the property. After analysing the commercial potential for English wine, he began studying oenology at Plumpton College in Sussex with a view to restoring Hambledon to its former glory.
Research convinced him that sparkling wines were the future and in 2005 Ian planted a 10- acre ‘test bed’ of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to see which of the twenty- seven different combinations of vine clones and rootstocks gave the best results. A team then travelled from Hambledon to France to meet Hubert de Billy, son of the chairman of Pol Roger, to revive the former relationship with the esteemed Champagne House.
Today the Hambledon estate comprises 50 acres of vineyards and a new gravity-fed, state-of-the-art winery - the only one of its kind in the UK. In 2011, the final piece of the jigsaw slotted into place with the appointment of one of Champagne’s leading Chef de Caves. A renowned expert in minimal-intervention winemaking, Hervé Jestin now directs all winemaking at the Estate.