Harrow and Hope Blanc de Blancs

Harrow and Hope Blanc de Blancs

English Sparkling Wine 2018

Marlow, England

Regular price$246.00
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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."

 

Style: Sparkling Drink from: 2023
ABV: 12.0% Drink to: 2030
Packaging: OCC Stock arriving: In Stock
Critic scores
Gold Medal - 95 IWC, 17.5++ JR, 92 TA, 93+ GM
Critic reviews
"Full bottle 1,603 g. 100% Chardonnay. 50% fermented in 225-litre and 500-litre oak barrels. Bottled 4 July 2019, disgorged 20 October 2022. Dosage 6.2 g/l, TA 7.6 g/l. A really interesting nose – it smells almost peppery! White pepper and walnuts. Formidable structure despite tiny, lacy bubbles – the acidity runs through the wine like a drive shaft, vibrating with power. Taut citrus, marine-like saltiness, the sour-cream tang of cheesecake and a barely noticeable weft of toasted-nut and spice savouriness which will develop beautifully with time. A hint of honey and iodine. White-pepper spiciness and so much texture it feels as if it has Egyptian-cotton tannins. I would seriously buy this wine to lay down for a few years. It lasted for 10 days in the fridge, tasting better and better each time. If you're drinking it now, it's a wine for the table, not for aperitif sipping. VGV (TC)"
Tamlyn Currin, November 2023, JancisRobinson.com

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Critics

AG
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
AM
Allan Meadows, Burghound.com
DC
Decanter, Decanter.com
GM
Gus McLean, AbingdonFineWine.com
JA
Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com
JD
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
JR
Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com
JS
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
LPB
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, TheWineIndependent.com
NM
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com
RP
Various, RobertParker.com
TA
Tim Atkin, TimAtkin.com
VM
Various, vinous.com

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