NV Hambledon Classic Cuvee, Hampshire, England
Hambledon is the UK's oldest commercial vineyard, and its head winemaker, Hervé Jestin, was cellarmaster at the Duval Leroy Champagne house for over 20 years. The Classic Cuvée, a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier, once famously beat Pol Roger, Veuve Clicquot and Taittinger in a blind tasting.
Notes of fresh bread, greengage, red plums and dessert apples and a precise acidity.
Hambledon Vineyard has a long and fascinating history. Not only does the village have the reputation as the cradle of cricket, long before Lord’s it seems, but it is also the location of the first English commercial vineyard. The vineyard was purchased by Ian Kellett in 1999 and his investments are now yielding fruit, quite literally, in the form of some of the best located Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes in the country.