Equivalent Bottle Price £59.99
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 in 1999 with a view to restoring Hambledon to its former glory and research convinced him that the site was perfectly suited to the production of sparkling wines. The Newhaven chalk on which the vines grow was formed on the seabed of the Paris basin some 65 million years ago and is found in the best Chardonnay areas of the Côtes des Blancs in Champagne.
In 2005 a 10-acre ‘test bed’ of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier was planted on a combination of 27 different vine clones and rootstocks to see which gave the best results. Hambledon now comprises over 200 acres of vineyards and the only gravity-fed, state-of-the-art winery in the UK. In 2011 Hervé Jestin, one of Champagne’s leading chefs de cave and renowned expert in minimalintervention winemaking, joined Hambledon and now directs all winemaking at the Estate alongside Felix Gabillet.
Tasting notes A beautifully vibrant rosé sparkling wine. The nose is attractive and powerful, full of strawberry, cherry compote violet and smoky notes. It’s similarly intense on the palate, bone-dry, thanks to it’s zero dosage, with a core of red fruit supported by layers of hazelnut and toast. The texture is generous, the finish focused, chalky and complex. How to serve This 100% Pinot Meunier rosé sparkling is an incredibly versatile food wine, thanks to its remarkable depth and complexity. Its distinctive red fruit flavour lending itself to weightier dishes such as salmon fillets, brown crab, veal carpaccio and guinea fowl. Best served between 10 and 12°C. Enjoy now, or choose to age in the cellar to 2025.