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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