Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé

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Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé

Hambledon Classic Cuvee Rose

Hambledon is one of the most exciting of all the English sparkling wine producers. They’ve just released their first rosé, and it’s really impressive.

Hambledon Rosé NV Hampshire, England
12% alcohol. 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir (red wine). 95% of 2014 vintage and 5% reserve wines, some aged in barrel. This is beautiful. It has vivid, slightly crunchy cranberry and red cherry characters as well as keen but finely integrated acidity and impeccable balance with just a touch of sweetness balancing the acid, and adding volume in the process. Really fine and with more than a hint of seriousness. Long, mineral finish. 92/100

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3 thoughts on “Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé

  1. I’d like to know what ‘..seriousness’ is.
    I notice you use this word often, independent of other descriptors.
    It is not as specific as ‘acid’ ‘crunchy’ etc but seems to give the wine described something extra?

  2. Yes and while we’re on it “spoofiness” and “smashable” 🙂

    Fred I don’t know about Jamie’s take but I suppose for me “seriousness” would indicate two things. (a) That there are layers of complexity, it is no one-trick pony and will hold your interest through the bottle – I sometimes misuse the word “shifting” for this and (b) That is is perhaps a little austere, no crowd-pleaser, a wine lovers’ wine, well-balanced but perhaps a little taut, reductive or with a tannic edge (wine-dependent). I’d guess that a wine can be delicious and serious but I don’t think a newbie would over-enthuse about a very serious wine, they might prefer a “spoofy” one.

  3. I guess seriousness means worthy of serious consideration, for those with a serious interest in wine. I’m very interested in English wine, and looking forward to trying this one.

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