First established in 1952, Ian Kellett acquired Hambledon Vineyard in 1999. As a passionate wine lover, Ian was intrigued by the winemaking heritage of the property. Research convinced him that sparkling wines were the future and in 2005 Ian planted a 10-acre ‘test bed’ of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the Champagne classics. Hambledon Vineyard now comprises over 200 acres of vineyards and the House produces three cuvées, all of which are currently Chardonnay-led, non-vintage blends, capitalising on the quality of the chalky terroir of the South Downs and its ability to produce top quality wines.
A superb blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier the Hambledon Classic Cuvee is the perfect aperitif but also makes an ideal match to fresh seafood such as oysters, scallops, sushi or smoked salmon with asparagus. Best served between 10 and 12°C.
Tasting Note: The palate is vibrant with precise, structured yet ripe acidity. It unfolds to reveal layers of floral and stone fruit aromas and a rich palate with great length. A great alternative to Champagne.