Harrow And Hope Brut Reserve no. 4

40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier. 2015 Base, with 30% reserve wines stored in 225l barriques. Disgorged June 2019 with 8 g/l dosage, comprising older oak-aged wines. Current releases are later disgorgements.

A fully-realised, confident style that shows off some excellent fruit. Ripe, peppy yellow grapefruit and lemon marmalade are set against roasted yellow apples, nectarines and salty, buttery pastry. With time the Pinots come alive – crimson strawberry sweetness and lovely meaty, spicy notes that play with the oak influence. The subtle reductive complexity I tasted soon after disgorgement has mellowed, and a delicious caramelised pineapple character is creeping in.

There is a bristling, gregarious kind of energy here that is shared with the excellent Blanc de Noirs from 2015. But then this is not a wine that has had all its natural texture polished out of it. In fact it retains a fine, appetising grip, held deliciously in balance. Very happy alongside food, and certainly welcomes some time in bottle. 17.5

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Harrow and Hope Blanc de Noirs 2015

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier. Tasted back at the winery in Nov 2019 and awarded the joint highest score for ESW2020. This is impressive stuff. It seems a little more angular today (and possibly more open and oxidative than I remembered) but also brisling and tight. The nose is rather beautiful, broad with caramelised apricots, russet apple and sweet almond notes. There’s a gentle seam of butter and spice from some oak influence. The fruit almost goes black with wild blackberry and raspberry. Youthful on the palate, good flavour concentration and some real tightness. Excellent cuvée, perhaps a little more reservation in scoring than before. It needs time.

17.5

Date Tasted : 22/01/2020

/ 2015, Blanc de Noirs, England, Harrow and Hope

Harrow and Hope Brut NV, 2015 Base

2015 base with 30% reserve wines. Current release. This is a beautiful assembly of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier where nothing dominates. Complete, shifting flavours of subtle white berries and ripe grapefruit, pale salted butter and ripe stone fruit all sitting at a gorgeous balancing point between clarity and richness. It is more subtle, reaching to some of those ethereal oyster shell/mineral areas of flavour, as well longer and finer than the 2014 with superbly-judged, integrated dosage. This will age very positively. Certainly one of England’s finest NV Blends.

18

Date Tasted : 18/11/2019

Harrow and Hope Blanc de Noirs 2015

Tasted just pre-release. Once again the 2015 vintage is looking immensely promising here. This has only been disgorged for 3 months, but that transparency reveals a beautiful fruit intensity of apricot, grapefruit and some tropical fruit touched by warm anise and spice. There’s a gorgeous clarity of flavour and complete, start-to-finish texture with more finesse than the 2013. It is just awaiting the onset of some buttery bakery tones with some age. Serious potential – I would wait until mid-2020 to broach this and then be in no rush whatsoever.

18.5

Date Tasted : 30/11/2019

/ 2015, Blanc de Noirs, England, Harrow and Hope

Harrow and Hope Blanc de Blancs 2014

This is a more controlled, elegant style than the 2013 with toasted nuts leading cool, crystal citrus fruits as well as some subtle tropical flashes like pineapple and starfruit. Yellow butter richness and integrated acidity, with ripe candied citrus on the finish. Lovely ripe flavours. I sense there is even more to come from future vintages of Chardonnay here.

17.5

Date Tasted : 17/11/2019

Harrow and Hope Brut NV, 2014 Base

40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier. is a delicious wine. A golden, toasted profile with ripe apricot, crystallised yellow and buttered toast joined by some delicious salted caramel development and apricot kernel. Creamy nougat sits at the back adding to the indulgent style here, which is ripe and quite long with candied grapefruit Chardonnay on the finish.

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Date Tasted : 17/11/2019

Harrow and Hope Brut Rosé 2014

(70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay with 18 months on lees) has something extra; although now sold out it is interesting to see how this has developed. This is in a beautiful place now, slightly developed with with dried strawberries and hawthorn mixing with sweet wild blackberry and sappy red cherry fruit. Pastry richness and creamy brazil nuts and nougat add texture on the palate whilst ripe grapefruit Chardonnay keeps it fresh.

17.5

Date Tasted : 17/11/2019

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Harrow and Hope Brut Rosé 2015

(90% Pinot Noir, 10 % Pinot Meunier) finds a more summery style with fresh strawberries and pomegranate, icing sugar and a lovely intensity of flavour enlivened by a big mouthful of meringue-like mousse. Ripe and delicious, if a little more straightforward than the 2014.

16.5

Date Tasted : 17/11/2019

/ 2015, England, Harrow and Hope, Rosé

Harrow and Hope Blanc de Blancs 2013

Not much Blanc de Blancs 2013 was produced, but it shows real concentration with some smoky, almost meaty development, roasted hazelnuts, lime marmalade and candied grapefruit. It is intensely-fruited with some nougat creaminess to boot.

16.5

Date Tasted : 17/11/2019

Harrow and Hope Blanc de Noirs 2013

Blanc de Noirs 2013 (70% Pinot Noir, 30 % Pinot Meunier) has some of the same tones as the 2013 Blanc de Blancs; Henry mused about nutrient stress, which was interesting. Meaty, almost marmite-like savour surrounds some fudgey cashew and blackberry fruit; toasted almonds add to the developed feel of this wine, but it is still elegant and long.

16.5

Date Tasted : 17/11/2019

/ 2013, Blanc de Noirs, England, Harrow and Hope