• Hattingley "Classic Reserve" Sparkling Wine

Hattingley "Classic Reserve" Sparkling Wine

Traditional Blend|Hampshire, England

Along the beaches of Normandy, in northern France, the site of D-Day, the sand meets the flat face of imposing white cliffs rising high above the tides. These limestone, chalk walls are part of a geological chain extending east past Paris, rearing their head in Champagne before submerging again. In fact much of Paris was built with this unique limestone.

Looking north across the English Channel, the "white cliffs of Dover" are the northerly extension of this ancient formation. It's no coincidence, then, that the terroir in Hampshire, England resembles that of Champagne and gives rise to fantastic sparkling wines of character.

Based in and around Hampshire, just 70 miles southwest of London, Hattingley Valley is one of a cadre of sparkling wine houses crafting some of the most thought-provoking, downright delicious bubbles to come out of the United Kingdom. As Eric Asimov of the New York Times puts it, English wines have "both a spirited, glowing acidity and an orchard-fruit freshness."

Their "Classic Reserve" is all that and more. Head winemaker Emma Rice is a master of her craft, and this is her flagship non-vintage sparkler. Made in the traditional "Champagne" method from the same classic trio of grapes as Champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Croissant crust, peach marmalade, and white blossom flowers lead into a rich, yet dry mouth-filling joy of a glass.

With rising global temperatures and its striking comparison to the terroir of Champagne, it's no wonder that all eyes are now on the wines of English sparklers. British bubbles have consistently won top accolades in blind tastings against their French counterparts. Experience Hattingley's "Classic Reserve" for a fitting holiday celebration!

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