The Grange, Hampshire, CLASSIC NV

N.B. This is NOT the Gold winning wine which has sadly sold out. This is its delicious successor based on the 2016 harvest.

£186.00

A lovely, pale gold with lively streams of fine bubbles, this elegant, refreshing wine will give every occasion a well-deserved shot in the arm: for celebrating anytime.

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The CLASSIC NV is made predominantly with grapes from 2016, the third harvest from the Burge's Field vineyard, and is the second wine from the much-garlanded team at Hattingley Valley, led by Emma Rice and Jacob Leadley.

Hand-picked and bunch pressed in mid-October, at the end of a roller-coaster summer that ended with a very warm gentle September, the grapes fermented mainly in stainless steel tanks with about 14% in fourth fill oak barrels.  About 35% of the final base wines went through malolactic fermentation to further soften the gentle acidity and we ended up with 11 base wines with the 2015 Reserve as a 12th.  The final blend was 85% from the 2016 base wines and 15% from the Reserve and comprised 65% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier and 15% Pinot Meunier.  Secondary fermentation in bottle was followed by 33 months ageing on lees before the wine was disgorged at the end of January 2020 and dosed to 9g/l with 12% alcohol by volume.

This wine is a lovely follow-up to our Gold medal-winning 2015 CLASSIC and exhibits an intriguing complexity at this stage, thanks in part to the addition of the Reserve from that 2015.

A lovely pale gold colour with a pleasing, persistent mousse.

Fresh lemon and orange zest on the nose with hints of apple, white fruits and brioche.

Clean and fresh on the palate, some creamy redcurrant and distant pear underscored by a full generous mouthfeel, subtly toasted with rounded autolytic flavours working well with a fresh note of green apple.

Stays with you pleasingly at the finish...

We drink the CLASSIC as an aperitif and enjoy it with:

  • fine, buttery slices of iberico ham
  • rich, smoked fish
  • oysters
  • ROKA cheese crispies

Really alluring pale gold with a fine, constant mousse; on the nose lovely autolysis characters, light brioche, appley and a hint of creamed white fruits, very fresh and bright. On the palate fresher and racier than the nose implied, with bright white stone fruits again, some custard apple notes, brioche and a light, fresh leafy note, with lovely vibrant acidity behind the warm fruits. This is seriously moreish!

Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW