English fizz is getting a lot of attention. What about the table wines, or still wines, or whatever you want to call them? Here’s a Pinot Noir that’s actually incredibly drinkable. Love the admirably pure cherry fruit: it actually tastes like Pinot Noir. The Englishness shows in the green characters, but they are more good green than harsh, aggressive green. It reminds me of a lush cricket outfield on an early summer morning.
Chapel Down Pinot Noir 2009 England
Sweetly aromatic nose of pure red cherry fruit. Quite floral with some green herby notes, but these aren’t at all aggressive. The palate is fresh, fruity and a bit green but nicely expressive. Some elegance here to the sweet fruit. Simple, pure, sappy and appealing. By English standards, this is brilliant. 88/100 (RRP £13.99)
Find this wine with wine-searcher.com