The future for English sparkling wine is bright. Still wines? I’ve been a bit sceptical of these, although of late there have been some very nice examples, such as those from Blackbook and Vagabond. This Chardonnay from Simpsons is another lovely one. I was really taken by it.
Simpsons Gravel Castle Chardonnay 2019 Kent, England
From chalk soils on the north downs. 12% alcohol. This is lean and taut with keen acidity, but there’s also a lovely depth here, showing pear, white peach and some crystalline citrus fruit. Lots of dimensions here: it’s pristine, pure and concentrated with an amazing acid line. Quite Chablis-like, actually. 92/100 (£17 direct from www.simpsonswine.com)
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