I’ve just got back from a short visit to Dorset, and one of the vineyards I stopped at was Langham in Dorchester. Much has changed since my last visit in 2016, with the recently promoted head winemaker, Tommy Grimshaw, taking over and becoming one of the youngest in the country. A minimal intervention approach has resulted in a range of incredibly distinctive sparkling wines.
This is the red grape dominant version of their young Classic Cuvée, a blend of 66% Pinot Noir, 24% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay from 2017 with 6% reserve wine. I found the nose of red apple, peach skin and citrus peels incredibly fresh and appealing.
But it was the palate that really stood out with its fusion of crunchy orchard fruit, citrus peel and plush, welcoming stone fruit. The low dosage of 2.5/g allows the fruit purity to speak, and the young bubbles formed a surprisingly soft, textured mousse. The finish of mineral and toasted nuts elevates this stunning entry level sparkler even further.