70% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier. Perhaps the top 5-10% of sites in the UK seem to be able to regularly turn out this sort of fruit expression. Henry and Kaye Laithwaite certainly have one in Marlowe, one of the earliest and warmest dedicated sparkling wine sites in the country.

Ripe, expressive blackberry and red apple fruit, even some pineapple, with some delicious maple richness and a refreshing, moreish palate. Real brightness, noticeable in a lineup of mostly Champagne Blanc de Noirs, and a pink grapefruit grip that is starting to settle more now. Excellent 17

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