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Harrow and Hope Blanc de Blancs 2017

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Description & Technical Information
For Henry Laithwaite, owner and winemaker at Harrow & Hope, this is the standout wine of their 2017 harvest, as the Chardonnay really shone. The Pinots did well but the white grapes had something extra and just looked great throughout the season. In his opinion, the 2017 is more generous and softer than its predecessor. Every vintage this wine comes from the same chalky plot of their best Chardonnay. The 2017 has had the same treatment as previous vintages, with 50% barrel fermentation and 40 months bottle ageing on yeast lees. No matter what the conditions in any given year, similar characteristics run through every release, a true testament to the quality of this plot of land and the organic farming methods employed to bring out its best.

Harrow & Hope’s single-vineyard sits on an ancient Thames gravel terrace. Being quite central and away from the coast the vineyard experiences high summer day temperatures with cooler nights that preserve precious acidity.

Weather in 2017: Better yields than in 2016, though frost damage affected many vineyards in the south-east of England. Sugar levels were good at harvest, thanks to some hot spells in June and a mostly dry harvest period, and acid levels were mostly well-balanced too. Total harvest 4.5 m bottles off 2,275 hectares.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: West Sussex & Hampshire
Region: Buckinghamshire
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 3.5 Years
Total Acidity: 7.8 g/l
Residual Sugar: 7 g/l
Disgorged: 16th of July 2021
Fermentation: 50% Barrel Fermentation
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: Light gold hue and a fine, delicate mousse. Aromas of citrus and honeysuckle lead into subtle brioche and vanilla characters. The palate offers generous yet elegant notes of baked lemon and white peach with the warmth of the vintage shining through. Subtle mineral notes accentuate the fresh, crisp acidity, leading to a long and complex finish.
Expert Reviews
Tamlyn Currin
“The honey, seashells, orange-blossom and saffron-cake nose on this wine is so captivating. I almost forgot to taste it. The bubbles are fine, focused, but give the wine an ethereal life. The acidity is wired down a centre tensile line, at the same time radiating out, linear turning helical, giving the wine a structure that is both orthogonal and fluid. Laminae of orange, citrus flowers, apple sherbet, chalk dust, cobnuts. High-stepping with lively, graceful, well-choreographed energy. I'm convinced this is Harrow & Hope's best wine yet.”