Hambledon Vineyard Premiere Cuvee NV

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Description & Technical Information
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Hambledon Première Cuvée is a blend of 85% wines from 2011 and 15% tank aged reserve wines from 2010. In England, September and October 2011 were very warm and dry, producing 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: 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.
Hambledon Vineyard Overview
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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)”
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”
Awards
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CSWWC Silver 2016
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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