Exploring the Highlights of the Classic Cuvée 2018 from Roebuck Estates, England

By | 25 April 2024

In recent years, Roebuck Estates has risen as one of the leading English sparkling wine producers. Their four vineyards situated across Sussex were established between 2006 to 2017, with their latest release standing out notably.

Roebuck Estates Classic Cuvée 2018 England
Boasting a 12% alcohol content, this wine exhibits a pure, delicate, and refined quality. The aroma blends fine toasty notes with fresh bready character, accompanied by elements of orange peel and lime. The palate is sharp and accurate, presenting nice acid line, pure lemony fruit, and a subtle hint of peach and apricot richness. The balance in this wine is commendable. Rated 92/100.

Notes from the past:

Roebuck Estates Rosé de Noirs 2016 England
Being the first vintage of this wine, only 2000 bottles were produced. It possesses 12% alcohol content and is pale pink in color. Characteristically pure and precise, this wine masterfully combines fresh redcurrant and cherry fruit with lively citrus notes. Highlighting fine and linear qualities, the good acidity is well balanced by appropriate dosage. This exquisitely pure and irresistibly delicious wine strikes a balance between fun and seriousness. Rated 91/100.

Roebuck Estates Blanc de Noirs 2015 Sussex, England
12% alcohol. Made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Roman Villa Vineyard foothills of the South Downs in West Sussex. Quite rich in colour, this is a decadent, expressive Blanc de Noirs with notes of cherry, apple and lemons. There are hints of nut and toast, and the flavour builds beautifully across the palate, reaching quite a volume. Finishes vivid and spicy with a crystalline edge. A lovely fruit-driven expression of fizzy Pinot, this is really impressive. 93/100

Roebuck Estates Classic Cuvée 2014 Sussex, England
12% alcohol. This is from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Base wine aged for a long time on lees in French oak barrels. This has quite a deep colour, and a nose of honey, nuts, toast and spice. On the palate there’s keen acidity, but also an intrinsic richness. Bold and spicy with honey, baked apple, pear and nectarine notes as well as a core of lemony fruit, and a cherry flourish. It’s a really rich style, no doubt helped by the barrel ageing of the base wines, but it works really well. 91/100 (£35 Roebuckestates.co.uk, Southdowncellars.co.uk)

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