Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2014

100% Chardonnay from the original vineyard at Ridgeview. I believe this was disgorged in May 2017.

Lovely bright flavours of ripe lemon, floral bergamot and juicy yellow apples warmed up with some peach and salted pastry. Ripe yellow grapefruit provides a nice edginess and peppy length. This does feel like a single vineyard wine, rather than something assembled of many complex parts, but it is fine and enlivening, developing very well in typically pristine Ridgeview style. 16.5

/ 2014, Blanc de Blancs, England, Ridgeview

Recaredo Intens Brut Nature Rosat 2014

Intens Rosat is, to be truthful, a bit bonkers. But I like it. 86% Monastrell and 14% Garnacha. Pure cherry juice over bitter herbs and lemon lead into boiled sweets and poached red fruits. It is almost slightly medicinal. Intense indeed and quite good fun. 15.5

/ 2014, Recaredo, Rosé, Spain

Colet Navazos Reserva 2014

Chardonnay, dosed with 3% Manzanilla Pasada from Equipo Navazos. The sherry-with-bubbles idea really fits the Colet style. Crystallised fruits, nuts and baklava with dried apples and pears. Deep, golden and very open and oxidative, it makes no apologies for its stance. Quite complex and interesting, going towards salted meats on the close. 15

/ 2014, Colet, Other, Spain

Gramona Imperial Brut 2014

The Imperial Gran Reserva 2014 is a superb wine, its 15% Chardonnay and 6 g/l of dosage lengthening and freshening the palate alongside 40% each of Xarel-lo and Macabeo and 5% Parellada. I love the airy, floaty flavours of lime and green apple macaroon, followed through with a sparky brightness to a close that starts to show just a little toasty development. Although it doesn’t posses the concentration or complexity of the top wines, it has a magic all of its own. 17.5

/ 2014, Gramona, Other, Spain

Jenkyn Place Classic Cuvée 2014

The Classic Cuvée 2014 was in good shape, its creamy baked pears and lemon posset Chardonnay having relaxed a bit since last tasting. There’s an intriguing aniseed/fennel note there and a breezy, cool stroke of acidity that made me wonder if Sugrue had blocked some malolactic, as he often does. Almost glassy in texture, if feeling a touch hollow. Nice grapefruit bitters on the finish.

15.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2014, Classic Blend, England, Jenkyn Place

Raimes Classic 2014

Possibly my third taste of this. This has rounded out a touch more, with baked bread wafting over its russet and conference pear fruit, seasoned with a little herbal twist. It is a delicate wine for 2014 and, like all Rice’s wines, finds exactly the right dosage.

16

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2014, Classic Blend, England, Raimes

Cottonworth Blanc de Blancs 2014

The new Blanc de Blancs 2014 carries some elegance and ripeness too, with clear white fruits and juicy pear fruit. Just a squeeze of refreshing herb and white flowers. The dosage needs a little time to settle, so I would leave this at least six months. Whether it has the intensity or precision of the Classic Cuvée I’m not sure, although that relaxed mid-palate is quite common in 2014 wines.

16

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2014, Blanc de Blancs, Cottonworth, England

Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014

Rosé 2014 (52% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 16% Pinot Meunier) is showing very well as of autumn 2019, just warming up into some life post-disgorgement. Classic English crabapple jelly on toasted brown bread with some sweet butter and developing spice notes. Candied strawberries too – great nose! Acid is centre-stage but welcome, with some finesse on the palate as well as some tangy apple zip and focus from the Chardonnay.

Once again much better than at Vineyards of Hampshire in Jan.

16

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ 2014, England, Jenkyn Place, Rosé

Raimes Classic 2014

51% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier. Lovely composed set of flavours; white sourdough and apple pastries, richer touches of almond essence and a nice rush of lemon and herbs bundled up into an invigorating, harmonious whole and finished off with a snap of tangy wild apple. Light, focused and bright for 2014 – if there is such a thing as a Hampshire chalk style, this lovely thirst-quencher is probably it!

16

Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

/ 2014, Classic Blend, England, Raimes

Roebuck Estates Classic Cuvée 2014

47% Chardonnay, 38% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier. Some richer bakery tones, appley but not too obvious, with lovely ripe candied lemon and softly-caramelised pear. Then there’s this little bit of lively white pepper spice; something distinctive. The best of 2014, properly filled out on the palate, progressing with perfect harmony of creamy mousse and fine acidity. Expect more good things.

17

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ 2014, Classic Blend, England, Roebuck Estates