Coates & Seely, Bretagne, Brut Reserve, Hampshire NV
This is a collaboration of two lifelong friends: Christian Seely, the managing Director of Axa Millésimes – owners of Château Pichon-Longueville and Château Suduiraut among others – and Nicholas Coates, who retired from the city to his home in South Downs. This is England meets France: made using the traditional Champagne methods on the typical chalk English soil and crafted under the watchful eye of a French winemaker. The nose is expressive and reveals ripe citrus and peachy aromas. Well-managed acidity, it is complex, yet graceful with a smooth finish and pure white fruity note on the finish.
Price: UK – £24.42 – £29 Bibendum, Caviste
Taster: Christelle Guibert