Black Chalk Classic 2016

46% Chardonnay, 32% Meunier, 22% Pinot Noir. The new Black Chalk Classic 2016 is the new release, taking a similar blend as the 2015 and putting it through a slightly cooler-tinted filter. For now the quite fun meaty/marmite notes that really warmed up the 2015 (including at this tasting 1 year ago) are not in attendance, so the 2016 promises a slightly more classically-styled profile. There’s a lovely integration of crisp apple and faintly limey citrus, rounded out with pretty strawberry and a touch of white stone fruit. The 2015 was a superb, immediate wine, but there is more finesse and togetherness on the palate here.

16.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2016, Black Chalk, Classic Blend, England

Black Chalk Wild Rose 2016

For current drinking the Wild Rose 2016 is in a stellar place, with super-refined lemon and raspberry fruit and posh strawberry macaroons dancing along a palate of microscopically-textured delicacy. It closes with a calm taper, the acidity never threatening to push too hard. The quintessential Hampshire Rosé!

17

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2016, Black Chalk, England, Rosé

Black Chalk Classic 2015

49% Chardonnay, 34% Meunier, 17% Pinot Noir. One of the last disgorgements of this wine before the 2016 base arrives in spring 2020. With fourteen months on cork this has opened up; first up the Chardonnay comes through with some straight-up crystallised white fruits, dried apple and some riper stone fruit before the black grapes, and particularly Meunier, start to fill the glass with fresh blackberry, cashew and a meaty, almost marmite-y savour. Lovely freshness underneath it all with Chardonnay reasserting itself in a zesty finish. Snap some of this up before it goes.

16.5

Date Tasted : 13/11/2019

/ 2015, Black Chalk, Classic Blend, England

Black Chalk Wild Rose 2016

41% Pinot Noir, 38% Pinot Meunier, 21% Chardonnay. This is a pale, lacy kind of Rosé that works so well; red pear and subtle raspberries are wrapped up in a lovely delicate peach blossom and blanched almond fragrance, set off against a touch of herb and sweet grapefruit. So clean before too much post-disgorgement character begins, with a touch of cream alongside a light, airy mousse. Lovely!

17

Date Tasted : 13/11/2019

/ 2016, Black Chalk, England, Rosé

Black Chalk Classic 2015

Ex-Hattingley Jacob Leadley is doing his own thing with two wines under his Black Chalk label. The Rosé is a delight, but the Classic is my pick – this is fresh but has a savoury, detailed and mineral side that I love. Almost very slightly smoky/meaty in a very subtle way – quite Champagne-like (don’t shoot me!). Love that Meunier influence. Seriously classy.

16.5

Date Tasted : 13/02/2019

/ 2015, Black Chalk, Classic Blend, England