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Hambledon Vineyard Premiere Cuvee NV

Hambledon Vineyard Premiere Cuvee NV

Hambledon Vineyard Premiere Cuvee NV

Hambledon Vineyard Premiere Cuvee NV Overview

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Hambledon is England's oldest commercial vineyard, located on the chalk soils of the South Downs in Hampshire. Originally established by Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones in 1952, the first harvest was produced in 1961 with advice from friends at Champagne House Pol Roger. Ian Kellett then purchased Hambledon in 1999 and shortly afterwards, extensive research revealed that sparkling wines were the future. Ian responded by planting a 10-acre 'test bed' of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier to assess which of the twenty-seven different combinations of vine clones and rootstocks gave the best results.

Hambledon Première Cuvée is a blend of mainly 2013. In England 2013 was a season with much to celebrate; the Ashes were retained in cricket, Andy Murray won Wimbledon and a Brit claimed the yellow jersey in the Tour de France for the second year running. The summer of 2013 was also one of the warmest ten for the previous hundred years so ideal for English Sparkling, an incredible harvest with grapes of perfect maturity. The grapes used were first pre-selected and handpicked from the estate before a second selection took place in the winery prior to pressing, ensuring only the most mature grapes went into the fermentation vats. A small percentage (2-3%) of the wines were fermented in specially selected French oak barrels to add complexity and structure. Just 4,000 bottles of this spectacular English sparkling were produced: an exceptional wine not to be missed.

Technical Information:
Grape Varieties: 73% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir, 3% Meunier
Base Vintage: 2013
Reserve Wine: 15% back to 2010
Lees Ageing: 62 months
Disgorged: August 2015
Dosage: 2 g/l
Drink: Now to 2026

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.
Hambledon Vineyard History
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Expert Reviews
16.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Tasted blind. Some glasses of this were positively cloudy. Composed, well-married nose. Bone dry but quite frothy fizz. This wine could come from either side of the Channel. Hedgerow quality to it so I’ll plump for English. But I’m by no means certain. Definite aperitif style! English?
Drink 2018-2023”
17/20
Julia Harding MW
“A blend of 2011 and 2010. 58% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir and the rest Meunier. Limestone is critical, they say, and their limestone 'is the same as that of grand cru champagne'. Five years on lees, dosage 8 g/l. 12% in oak, including a little bit of new. First vintage of this wine.
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)”
92/100
Neal Martin
“The NV Première Cuvée comes from pre-selected grapes, 14% fermented in French oak, the remainder in stainless steel with a minimum 46 months on the lees. It has a dosage of 2g/L. Initially steely and reserved, it only takes a couple of swirls to reveal more leesy aromas, touches of baked bread and yellow flowers; there is fine definition here. The palate is well balanced with a touch of sour lemon on the entry that segues into a leesy midpalate. This is a classy English sparkling wine: taut and focused with saline notes defining the energetic finish. Recommended. ”
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Tasted blind. Quite frothy round the edges. Some autolysis and interest on the nose. Quite aggressive acidity and dryness. Very austere. Too much like hard work at the moment but it grabs the attention as the sort of wine an English wine producer would produce if trying to make a copy of Krug without the reserves. Assertive. Long and reverberant. I think it will get there and have a long life. Drink 2017-2024”
95/100
Anne Krebiehl MW
“The first whiff is of Granny Smith apple, followed by crunchy, salty shortbread and a sense of creaminess. The palate comes with immediate poise and balance, with slenderness that has real depth and a kind of serenity that speaks of chalk and sea-breeze. There is ripe lemon at the core, vivid, creamy mousse and a supremely balanced, bone-dry finish. A class act.”
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News Articles
  1. Anne Krebiehl MW - English Sparkling Wines

    Anne Krebiehl MW - English Sparkling Wines

    September 26, 2016

    Anne Krebeihl MW writes for The World of Fine Wine on English Sparkling wines, explaining how producers now have the reserve levels to produce non-vintage wines.
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