Highlights: Hambledon Première Cuvée Rosé NV Hampshire, England

This is the debut vintage of the Hambledon Première Cuvée Rosé, and it’s based on the 2016 vintage. The idea is that it’s more vinous and gastronomic than the saignée rosé that has already been released.

Hambledon Première Cuvée Rosé NV Hampshire, England
12% alcohol. 88% Pinot Meunier (saignée), 7% Chardonnay, 5% red Pinot Noir, with some reserve wines as well as the core 2016 vintage. Disgorged in August 2022 with a dosage of 5 g/litre. This is a really serious sparkling rosé. It’s a full orange/pink in colour and has beautiful aromatics of orange peel, lime, cranberries and some sappy green notes, leading to a structured palate showing strawberry, marzipan, lime and grapefruit pith, with a lively acid line and some fine spicy framing. There’s even a hint of cream under the vivid fruit. So many layers to this: a serious, gastronomic wine. Incisive. 94/100 (£75)

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