Harrow and Hope Blanc de Blancs
English Sparkling Wine 2018
The 2018 vintage here was warmer than previous vintages giving the 2018 Blanc de Blancs a more exuberant character than in previous incarnations, yet still retaining the minerally characteristic on account of the chalk rich soil on which the Chardonnay's planted. 50% of this is fermented in 500 litre oak puncheon barrels, with the other 50% in stainless steel. This is followed up with 34 months of lees ageing given this wine a very traditional Champagne-like feel.
"Ripe apple on the nose with hints of mandarin and flint, very much more Champagne-like in style compared to the others in this range. The fresh apple character follows through on the palate which is powerful, concentrated, yet still refined, complex and thought-provoking with little hints of red fruit as well as a distinct biscuity element. The finish is chalky and flinty and goes on for minutes. While the Blanc de Noirs is perhaps more flamboyant now, I think this Blanc de Blancs will age tremendously, hence the "+" in my score."
|Drink from: 2023
|Drink to: 2030
|Stock arriving: In Stock
Tamlyn Currin, November 2023, JancisRobinson.com