Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

An English Sparkling Wine & a famous Champagne – but which way round?? July 17, 2015 at 7:19 am

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Of course I’ll be able to tell which is which…

The two wines are:-

Champagne Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV, France (£35 widely available)
Hambledon Classic Cuvée NV, Hampshire, England (£28.50 Berry Brothers & Rudd, Fareham Wine Cellars, The General Wine Company)

Left Hand Glass (my left hand)
Aromas of sweet yeasty dough and elderflower, and that puddingy dough character continues when you taste it, along with notes of cooked (red) apple. The finish has a hint of sweetness, but there’s enough citrus freshness to balance. S-

Right Hand Glass
Crisp, young, citrussy style, fresh with green apple notes, shows a little sweetness, overall a decent drink but a tad simple. B

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  • Lindsay Holman says:

    I tried the Hambledon several months ago, and I must say you nailed it with your tasting comments. I found myself screaming at my monitor – NO – THAT’S THE HAMBLEDON!! :)

  • Simon says:

    You’re not the first one to say that Lindsay…

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