Established in 1952 by Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones, Hambledon in the South Downs is England’s oldest commercial vineyard. Ian Kellett acquired Hambledon Vineyard in 1999. As a passionate wine lover, Ian was intrigued by the winemaking heritage of the property. After analysing the commercial potential for English wine, he began studying oenology at Plumpton College in Sussex with a view to restoring Hambledon to its former glory.
In 2011 Hervé Jestin joined the team, formerly one of Champagne’s leading chefs de cave. A renowned expert in minimal-intervention winemaking, Hervé directs all winemaking at the Estate. It’s widely accpeted that Hambeldon is one of the best and most exciting producers in English wine!
Hambledon Classic Cuvée is a well-balanced blend of all 3 traditional grapes, handpicked on our own estate. Aged at least 35 months, it is vibrant, with structured yet ripe acidity. Pale brass silver hues, with golden glints down the sides of the glass. Beautifully ‘cool’ Japanese nashi pear, Amalfi lemon, and whiff of beach smoke and water biscuit on the nose. The palate is so focused, detailed and precise, with a crab apple tartness softening to a texture of white waxy petals, and a wonderful redcurrant and coxes apple fruit. After ten minutes in the glass, the whole nose comes together and gains toasty, biscuity weight. This wine has terrific potential and will drink well in bottle for a further 5 to 10 years. This is a major competitor for any house Champagne, a great way to start the party!