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.

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Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2014, Classic Blend, England, Raimes

Raimes Blanc de Noirs 2016

The Blanc de Noirs 2016 is a new release, extremely youthful for now and wound tightly with slightly wilder apple and hedgerow fruit. Possibly some cool-fermented flavours bringing out the fruitiness here. Narrow for now, this will build really nicely. There’s extra definition in the other two cuvées for now.

15.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2016, Blanc de Noirs, England, Raimes

Raimes Rosé 2015

The Rosé 2015 reaches new heights for this young producer. Kudos to everyone involved for giving it time when the temptation is always to release Rosé younger than other cuvées. There is just a touch more autolytic substance here behind the pretty summer pudding fruit, touched with gingerbread spice. Lovely clarity and texture. A resounding success.

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Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, England, Raimes, 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!

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Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

/ 2014, Classic Blend, England, Raimes