GBW Wine of the Month: January 2019
Continuing the upward trajectory of Waitrose own Leckford Estate Brut, this latest 2014 vintage, again a blend of the classic Champagne trio of grapes and is produced by Ridgeview.
Its nose is ripe and appealing; big on the stone fruit richness with lovely aromas of peach and citrus fruit.
The palate is a lot more rounded and welcoming than some of the entry-level English sparkling offerings can be. A combination of the ripe 2014 vintage and a generous dosage has produced a flamboyant fusion of peaches, cream, sweet brioche and honeyed, nutty pastry.
I think that many taste this and finding it an appealing alternative to supermarket Champagne. On that basis, this wine is doing exactly what it needs to as an own-label offering.
A cut above many examples in the price range and exceptionally good value.
A fine vivacious English Sparkling from Hampshire made in the troublesome vintage of 2012.
A fruit-focussed English Sparkling grown by Waitrose own Leckford Estate.