This stunning Blanc de Blancs is carefully crafted from Hoffmann & Rathbone’s very best Chardonnay. A lot of emphasis is placed on the long ageing to complement the rich palate of citrus flavours with the complexity of yeast and brioche aromas that enhance the long finish. In the glass it shows a beautiful luminous pale golden colour and active effervescence with a persistent release of bubbles. There are powerful fresh fruit notes with notably ripe citrus fruits, before notes of white flowers and peach. On the palate it is supple and rounded with excellent freshness, before a long and refreshing finish with notes of nectarines and a pleasant mineral quality.
3 Point Summary
Ripe citrus fruit aromas, stunning freshness and a refreshing finish.
Did you know..?
Sacred Cellar Product Consultant, Phil Travis, spent the 2017 harvest working at Hoffmann and Rathbone.
94/100 – Wine Enthusiast 2017
Smoked Salmon Terrine
Fresh English Strawberries
Serve at Temp
7 *C / 45 *C
CHARDONNAY is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and is widely planted across the world. Chardonnay wines offer complex aromas, often due to the use of oak during production, and they can be buttery with notes of vanilla, smoke and hints of sweet spices. A base of apple and citrus is supplemented by tropical flavours such as banana, melon, pineapple and guava in many examples, and by stone-fruits such peach, nectarine and apricot in others.
HOFFMANN & RATHBONE was founded in 2009 near Mountfield, East Sussex by Ulrich Hoffmann and his wife Birgit Rathbone. Ulrich has been a winemaker and consultant for over 15 years, previously working in top estates in Baden-Württemberg, Bordeaux, Navarra, and Napa Valley. Together they have created a boutique business that is exclusively focused on quality. The key to the fine flavours and delicate layers of their wines is a combination of artistry and patience; traditional bottle fermentation and years of devoted cellar-ageing.
SUSSEX, UK - Situated in the south of England, the Sussex's climate is moderated by the Gulf Stream, a major Atlantic Ocean current that carries warm water from the Caribbean. Limited sunshine and cooler temperatures have led to sparkling wines becoming the most successful of English wines, some of which have been rated alongside the very best from Champagne. The classic champagne varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are particularly successful, creating outstanding sparkling wines carbonated through bottle fermentation in the méthode traditionnelle.