This is the second vintage of Blanc de Blancs from Harrow & Hope, made from Chardonnay from the chalkiest part of the vineyard in Marlow. The wine was 50% fermented in oak barriques, before spending 38 months on lees.
The nose is bright and striking; it’s packed full of zesty citrus, baked apple richness and warmer, toasty brioche notes.
The palate packs quite an intense punch too, with that lively, bright citrus character and tangy green orchard fruit. The mouthfeel is generous, with layers of softer ripe peach and apple crumble.
I really enjoyed the balance of freshness and texture in this wine, combined with a subtle mineral finish. Like all great English Blanc de Blancs, it only feels like it’s going to get better with a bit more time in the bottle.