Roebuck Estates, Classic Cuvee Brut, West Sussex, United Kingdom, 2014
Classic Cuvee Brut
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
47% Chardonnay, 38% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier
A pale, silvery hue and a stream of fine bubbles, followed by keen, ultra-fresh aromas in which the graceful, creamy notes of fine Chardonnay mingle with deeper fruits from the two Pinots: apple, pear, quince. Everything sketched out on the nose is delivered with great precision and focus on the palate in this refined and searching wine, and its length and persistence on the finish is testament to the kind of slow acquisition of phenolic (or flavour) ripeness which Southern England's climate now permits. That vivacity and assurance are re-defining the boundaries for northern, high-latitude sparkling wine creation: taste it here.