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Harrow and Hope Blanc de Blancs 2017

Mix 12
£38.00
Mix 6
£40.00
Per Bottle
£42.00
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Description & Technical Information
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Harrow & Hope was founded in 2010 by Henry & Kaye Laithwaite with a 6.5 hectare vineyard, one plot on the Thames gravel terrace, formed by the river cutting into the Chilterns chalk around 450,000 years ago. Today their soils are a complex layer of clay, flint and gravel suited to Pinot Noir and lower down the slope the clay layer gets thinner before the pure chalk, home to Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In 2020 they made the commitment to convert their vineyards to organic farming, focussing on bringing the very best fruit to the winery, where Henry uses a “light touch” approach. Widely praised by consumers and press, this is one of England’s top sparkling producers, their wines show precision, purity and expressive varietal character.

In the 2017 harvest Chardonnay was the star and as the vines mature the wines become more generous and softer than their predecessor. The grapes are pressed and 50% is barrel fermented and aged 40 months the lees before release.
This single-vineyard Chardonnay benefits from 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 UK harvest 4.5 m bottles off 2,275 hectares.

Technical Information:
Vineyard: New Block
Region: Chiltern Hills near Marlow
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.
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Expert Reviews
17.5/20
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.”
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Very smoky nose. Lots of pure citrus. Lime peel and racy. Very appetising.”
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