In May I featured Chapel Down’s exquisite new Coeur de Cuvée 2014 as my Wine of the Month, and this time I’ve got something so very different from the ever-innovative winemaker.
Perhaps the most unconventional of all sparkling Bacchus, Chapel Down opted for carbonation of youthful 2018 Bacchus, with a higher residual of 12g/l.
This is a real winner on the palate, as it’s got that intense fusion of tropical fruit, zesty citrus fruits and vibrant tropics that is immediately Bacchus-like. The wine has retained the excellent fruit purity, while the lighter, softer bubbles and relatively generous (but not overwhelming) sweetness makes it effortlessly drinkable.
This is what I want to be sipping while sitting outside enjoying the English summer sun. It’s not overly complex or involving, but that’s because it’s not trying to be. It’s Bacchus, and it’s proud!