Hambeldon Vineyard, Premiere Cuvee, 6x750ml

Hambeldon Vineyard, Premiere Cuvee, 6x750ml

Hambeldon Vineyard, Premiere Cuvee, 6x750ml
“It smells like champagne. Rich and leesy, and broad. Hugely impressive, takes up all the space, stands with wide shoulders and feet wide apart, commanding. Something a little salty. And then just as it seems to be all about making a full-frontal impact you realise that the finish is vertical and incredibly intense and it pulls in, apricots and salted lemons and orange peel and as tightly and precisely folded as origami in marble. Texture that somehow reminds me of silk and sandpaper. 17.5/20”
Tamlyn Turrin, jancisrobinson.com, 13th february 2019

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £164.00

Critics Score: 92

Publication: Neal Martin, Vinous

Drinking Dates: 2020-2032

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.
Hambeldon Vineyard, Premiere Cuvee, 6x750ml

73% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir & 3% Pinot Meunier
Dosage: 2 g/l
Alcohol: 12%

Established in 1952 by Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones, Hambledon in the South Downs is England’s oldest commercial vineyard.

Ian Kellett acquired Hambledon Vineyard in 1999. 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 27 different combinations of vine clones and rootstocks gave the best results. In 2011 one of the other final pieces of the jigsaw slotted into place with the appointment of Hervé Jestin, formerly one of Champagne’s leading chefs de cave.

Hambledon Vineyard now comprises over 200 acres of vineyards and the only gravity-fed, state-of-the-art winery in the UK. Work has begun on extending the cellars and wine storage to ensure that all the wine produced can be aged successfully on site. Today, the House produces three main cuvées, all of which are currently Chardonnay-led, non-vintage blends.

The chalk on which the vines grow was formed on the seabed of the Paris basin some 65 million years ago. The same chalk, with the same Belemnite content, is found in the best Chardonnay areas of the Côtes des Blancs in Champagne and is thought to be a key factor in the quality of the wines.