Exton Park, Pinot Meunier Rosé

Published by Sally on June 13, 2016

Exton Park, Pinot Meunier Rosé, £34.95

 I know I’m a bit late to this party (is it still fashionable to be late?), but this 100% pinot meunier (usually considered the least likely of the three key Champagne grape varieties) from Hampshire vineyard Exton Park is jolly tasty. It’s very unusual to find a traditional method sparkler made using just this grape variety

The wine is a beautiful colour – sort of a Provence pink with an extra degree of intensity and a touch of salmon added in for gravitas. Strawberry and pink rose petal perfume, plentiful summer berry fruit expression on the palate, rich primary flavours with more like supporting wafts of gentle butter biscuit and creamy texture. Just twelve months on lees may account for the focus of primary flavours. Who knew pinot meunier could be this flavoursome. Upfront strawberries and cranberries spiced with piquancy of half a grind of black pepper.  Fine mousse, steely refreshing acidity, dry. Less frivolous than many pink bubbles I’ve tasted, this has a delicate note of savoury, proving bread dough about it. Strawberry sorbet.

I visited them last year.

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