Berry Bros. & Rudd English Sparkling Wine by Hambledon

Berry Bros. & Rudd English Sparkling Wine by Hambledon

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Elegant, fresh English fizz made by Hambledon, whose own-label is quite a bit pricier, so this is a pretty good deal.

Fiona Beckett, The Guardian (March 2022)

Our English Sparkling Wine is made for us by Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire. It is bright and enticing from the outset, with a fine mousse that brings added vibrancy to the crunchy acidity and pithy, chalky citrus fruit. Hints of toasted nuts and brioche add complexity to the nose and palate. The finish is scented and long, with a touch of creaminess. Perfect served chilled as an apéritif.

Davy Żyw, Senior Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd

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Made for Berry Bros & Rudd by Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire (the oldest commercial vineyard in the UK), this is a Chardonnay-dominant English sparkler with 2% Pinot Noir and 1% Pinot Meunier. The base is fruit from the 2015 vintage, blended with 5% older reserve wines fermented in oak and aged for 35 months on lees. 

The result is a stylish fizz with a warm bready note, plus citrus and autumnal orchard fruit aromas. The brisk, fresh palate has lots of personality, with ripe lemon and grapefruit notes, a touch of creamy caramel, focused acidity and a chalky bite, followed by a clean, persistent finish.

Drink 2019 - 2024

Julie Sheppard, Decanter.com

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About this WINE

Hambledon Vineyard

Hambledon Vineyard

Hambledon Vineyard has a long and fascinating history. It’s the location of the first English commercial vineyard, courtesy of the Francophile Sir Guy Salisbury Jones, who developed the vineyards in the early fifties. After a period of decline, the vineyard was purchased by Ian Kellett in 1999 and his investments of both patience and capital are now yielding fruit, quite literally, in the form of some of the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes in the country.

Hiring the renowned oenologist Hervé Jestin – a celebrated pioneer of organic viticulture and the Cellar Master at Champagne Leclerc Briant – has propelled Hambledon back to the forefront of the wine industry. Hervé, winemakers Felix Gabillet and Sam Picton – Head and Assistant Winemaker respectively – to produce exquisite expressions of the classic Champagne grape varieties, yet with a uniquely English character.

In 2023, we were delighted to acquire part ownership of Hambledon alongside our partners Symington Family Estates. It sees us combine our family businesses, both of which have deep roots, long histories and share a steadfast commitment to sustainable viticulture and winemaking.

We are delighted to be working with this outstanding English winery. Sparkling wine in England goes from strength to strength, and we are confident that Hambledon will prove to be the finest of them all. Sir Guy would have been very proud.

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Hampshire

Hampshire

Hampshire is a county in South East England that has become celebrated for its production of English wine, and English sparkling wine in particular.

Leading producers here include Hambledon Vineyard, Exton Park Vineyard and Hattingley Valley. It is also home to Bride Valley Vineyard, founded by the late wine writer Steven Spurrier and his wife, Bella.

Hampshire has long been an important place for Berry Bros. & Rudd: we have offices and warehouses in Basingstoke and Andover.

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Champagne blend

Champagne blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.


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