Black Chalk Classic 2016
Chardonnay 49%, Pinot Meunier 34%, Pinot Noir 17%
Black Chalk is the creation of award-winning winemaker Jacob Leadley and family, with the inaugural 2015 vintage released as recently as April 2018. Grapes are grown entirely in on the chalk download vineyards of Hampshire.
There's the traditional trio of grapes found in Champagne but an unusually high proportion of Pinot Meunier, a red grape Jacob believes is particularly suited to Hampshire. Fermentation partly in barrel, then the traditional secondary fermentation in bottle, where the wine aged for two years on lees before disgorgement. There's prominent fruit, a real touch of class with rich autolysis, and classic English green apple with floral notes.
"I reckon this is one of the best UK sparklers out there. So delicate with purity and balance. World class." Jamie Goode, December 2018