More Christmas wines: the English contribution


More Christmas wines: the English contribution


These were three English wines that took part in yesterday’s festivities. The first two were served blind.

Hambledon Vineyard Classic Cuvée NV Hampshire, England
Tasted blind I reckoned this was a fine Blanc de Blancs – either a grower Champagne or English! Very fine, bright and lemony with lovely acidity. Pure and refined with amazing clean, sharp lines. Very fine, this is rapidly becoming an English classic. 92/100


Urban Wines Dryad’s Garth Rosé 2011 England
This is made from grapes collected from allotments and gardens across London. A truly urban wine. It’s made at Bookers Vineyard, and it’s pretty good. Blind, I had no idea where it was from. Open, fresh and with notes of tangerines, cherries and stewed plums. Rounded with some strawberry and hedgerow notes. Really distinctive and attractive. 88/100


Jenkyn Place Brut 2010 Hampshire, England
Made by Dermot Sugrue, from chalky soils on the North Downs. Tight, fresh and lively with some pithy notes and nice lemony fruit. Very pure with a hint of grip on the finish. This is a lovely youthful fizz. 91/100

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