2017 Classic Cuvée, Rathfinny, Sussex

2017 Classic Cuvée, Rathfinny, Sussex

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Owner Mark is a huge believer in the power of Pinot Noir-led sparklings, grown on the pure chalk of the Rathfinny farm. So their Classic Cuvée is Pinot Noir-led, and spends 36 months on the lees. Rathfinny only produce vintage wines, and the 2017 is crisp and fruit forward, with just 5g/l of dosage, and a long, chalky, delicious finish.

Critic score
92/100 info
Case, 3 Magnums
In stock
In stock

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Sussex, England
  • Grape
    65% Pinot Noir
    18% Chardonnay
    17% Pinot Meunier
  • Maturity
    Ready 2023 - 2035info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Magnum (150cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

When Mark and Sarah Driver founded Rathfinny in 2010, they were determined to release a high-quality English sparkling wine at an accessible price point. This was the ambition behind the Classic Cuvée, which at just under £30 is cheaper than many comparable wines in the category. It's a vintage wine – all the Rathfinny wines are – here 2017, a late-ripening year. The blend is 65% Pinot Noir, 18% Chardonnay, 17% Pinot Meunier, and in the glass you'll see a very faint hint of rose gold from skin contact during pressing. This is all about purity of fruit, with notes of red berries and red apple, almost autumnal, but fresh and elegant at the same time. It's a rounded and gentle wine that would be a great partner for fish and chips.

Decanter Tasting Panel, Decanter (April 2021)

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