Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve NV, 2015 Base

The Classic Reserve has a lovely sense of generosity to its baked lemon and red apple fruit, touched by a bit of sourdough toast. Really quite elegant in a direct kind of way, treading a nice line between friendliness and seriousness.

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Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

Hattingley Valley Blanc de Blancs 2013

The Blanc de Blancs 2013 is quite an interesting wine now, with delicate white fruits – whitecurrants and a little white peach – playing off fresh lemon and herbs. There’s a kind of nougat/sourdough autolysis and a touch of butter, too, softening the edges of a powerful acid line. It’s stimulating stuff, playing patiently with quite a pointy kind of vintage.

16.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

Hattingley Valley Rosé 2015

The Rosé 2015 is offering so much refinement and charm in this new vintage. A classy assembly of fragrant strawberries and redcurrants where the palate just has an extra degree of silky finesse, it has the completeness of flavour to take a slightly higher dosage of 9 g/l effortlessly. Top drawer.

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Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, England, Hattingley Valley, Rosé

Hattingley Valley Blanc de Blancs 2013

I tasted this on release – ten months later and I still think it has a good future, especially for what Emma Rice characterised as a “very difficult” vintage. It’s true that the fruit profile is more ‘white’ than ‘yellow’, but there is something calmly delicious about the crystallised, pale fruits; dried green apples, a kind of elderflower breeziness and lively yellow grapefruit running through the taut, dry finish, warmed up with a little creamy nougat. Don’t be in a rush to drink this.

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Date Tasted : 07/11/2019

Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve NV, 2014 Base

Classic Reserve NV* (50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Meunier and 1% Pinot Gris) is the mainstay at Hattingley. This is one of the last disgorgements of the 2014 base from August 2019; despite reserve levels at 18% it would be reasonable to expect some variation in style as the 2015 base comes in. Ripe orchard fruit (apples and fresh quince), with some apricot, white flowers and brown bread/frangipane sweetness showing some delicious development. A squeeze of fresh citrus cuts through the richer flavours as the wine progresses; really nicely-balanced between brightness and breadth.

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Date Tasted : 07/11/2019

Hattingley Valley Rosé 2015

It’s hard not to fall for the Rosé 2015 (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier) though. “I want cream from barrels and strawberry from tanks” says Emma Rice. It is indeed a perfect strawberries-and-cream Rosé this, so English in style just reaching into summer pudding territory with deliciously-sweet fruit character and touches of autumn jelly, orange and spice. It’s a very delicate style, but there is some biscuity richness lurking too.

16.5

Date Tasted : 07/11/2019

/ 2015, England, Hattingley Valley, Rosé