Three from Hoffmann & Rathbone, impressive English wines

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Really enjoyed these three from Hoffmann & Rathbone, a high-quality negotiant operation based in Sussex.

Hoffmann & Rathbone Classic Cuvée Brut 2010 Sussex, England
60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier. 12% alcohol, 10 g/l TA, 7 g/l dosage. Debut vintage from Ulrich Hoffmann. Very bright and focused with pithy, tight lemon and grapefruit characters. There’s a hint of ripe apple and pineapple as well as subtle bready notes. Very tight and linear with keen acidity. This will probably develop beautifully with time. It’s just so pure and focused. Tastes even better on day two. 90/100

Hoffmann & Rathbone Rosé Réserve 2011 Sussex, England
85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay. Four different vineyards: the Chardonnay is barrel fermented. Some of the Pinot Noir is left to ripen later and then used to make a red wine that’s blended in to give the colour. This is interesting: it’s really toasty and supple with nice citrus and herb characters. Really seductive and spicy with a bit of grip. Lovely, accessible wine. 90/100

Hoffmann & Rathbone Bacchus 2015 Sussex, England
11% alcohol, 5 g/l residual sugar, pH 3.3, TA 7.5 g/litre. Single vineyard, 50% barrel fermented. Reductive nose with exotic tropical passionfruit notes. Lively and bright with a lovely elderflower character, plus hints of hedgerows in spring. Very pretty and bright with a hint of sweetness. This is exotic English Bacchus at its best. 89/100

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