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Blanc de Noirs

Rathfinny Estate - Blanc de Noirs 2016

England
Sparkling Wine from East Sussex · England
Price: £36.95
Case Rate: £36.95
Ex Tax: £30.79
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Wine Region: East Sussex
Winery: Rathfinny Estate
Wine Maker: Jonathan Médard
Grape: Pinot Noir Blend
Grape Percentage: 93% Pinot Noir , 7% Meunier
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 16.5 pts  JancisRobinson.com
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Country:
Wine Region: East Sussex
Winery: Rathfinny Estate
Wine Maker: Jonathan Médard
Grape: Pinot Noir Blend
Grape Percentage: 93% Pinot Noir , 7% Meunier
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

Rathfinny’s signature cuvée has a delicate, rose gold hue and an expressive nose with lifted aromas of morello cherry, toasted hazelnut and baked apple. The palate expertly combines delicacy and weight, with rich texture and autolytic complexity complemented by a fine vein of acidity which lifts the finish.

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2016) - 16.5 pts

This is their signature because it’s the wine that owner Mark Driver always wanted to make: rich and Bollinger-esque. Second release of this wine, the first was 2015. Last year it was 65% Pinot Noir, this year it’s 91% Pinot Noir with 9% Pinot Meunier. They use a slightly broader bottle because it allows for greater lees contact giving it richer palate and mouthfeel. 36 months on lees in bottle, disgorged on 23 January 2020, dosage 3 g/l. 12,000 bottles. Rose-gold-tinted colour. Smells like fresh cherry Bakewell tart with a touch of rain-bruised rose petal. There is certainly breadth and substance on the palate. The first thing I tasted was coffee cake, a walnut note, roasted hazelnuts. Then some quite weight red fruit: damson skin, Morello cherry. But there is also a ripple of river stones running the spine, and the tang of barberries. Hibiscus tea and cassis. Fanning out, light and slight at the end, is a tiny apple-mint-sherbet leafiness. Sarah Driver says it’s a wine for roast lamb, venison, Asian crab cakes and afternoon teas. It certainly has the power for red meat, although I’d probably go for duck carpaccio, and I think it could work with wasabi, so bring on the sashimi…


Decanter (2016) - 92 pts

Undoubtedly the star of the line-up, you can tell that owner Mark Driver's passion is for a Pinot-dominated style – he cites Bollinger as an inspiration. Here, 91% Pinot Noir, 6% Pinot Meunier and 3% Chardonnay are given 36 months bottle age and a 3g/L dosage. A lovely deep rose gold in the glass, this has a great purity of juicy red fruit – you can pick out flavours of red apple, plum and cherry. Brioche too. There's a textured quality to it that is reminiscent of fruit skins, and it gets even better if you leave it to open up further in the glass. Ripe, yet fresh and elegant. Would be equally good with charcuterie, meaty fish or strawberries and cream. Tasted by Amy Wislocki