Cottonworth Classic Cuvée NV, 2014 Base

The Classic Cuvée NV is a perennial favourite, displaying the quality of the vineyards here. It seems to achieve a fuller, more distinguished Chardonnay expression than many of its local peers, with freshness of truly ripe, rich lemon, sweet red apple and a lovely red fruit element sitting in front of baked pear, icing sugar and almond. A touch of chalky grip, too. There is a dimensionality of flavour here that sets it apart amongst the Classic Cuvées in the room.

17.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2014 Base, Classic Blend, Cottonworth, England, NV

Cottonworth Rosé 2015

48% Pinot Meunier, 47% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Précoce.The Classic Rosé is on form right now, though, with delightful strawberry and red cherry yoghurt and some subtle spicing. A bright, charming style with some grip and pink grapefruit refreshment on the finish.

16.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, Cottonworth, England, Rosé

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

Cottonworth Classic Cuvée NV

Again the Rosé is very good, but this is superb. Fresh, lightly-charred lemon and ripe orchard fruit, elegant style with some fruit depth from increasing reserve wine usage. Very complete on the palate – no gaps! Made at Hattingley Valley.

17

Date Tasted : 13/02/2019

/ Champagne, Classic Blend, Cottonworth, NV