COATES & SEELY
Rosé Brut Britagne
|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
|Classification||English Sparkling Wine|
Salmon pink in colour and beautifully aromatic (cranberries, strawberries and a touch of brioche) this is immediately appealing. The palate shows mid-weight red berry fruit and a lovely sherbet acidity which keeps the wine fresh and long in the mouth. Very impressive given that it comes from the Hampshire Downs and rivals many of its counterparts from over the channel. L&S (Aug 2017)
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Coates & Seely
Coates and Seely is the brainchild of Christian Seely and Nicholas Coates. The pair spent a year scouring Southern England for the ideal place to make excellent sparkling wine. In 2008 they found the Wooldings, tucked away in a secluded valley near Whitchurch, on the chalk downlands of Hampshire. “Near Winchester. Actually it’s closer to Basingstoke but Winchester sounds more romantic” says Seely jovially. The vineyards now total 24 hectares, and are planted with the Champagne varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. They refurbished the original buildings, importing first-class winery equipment for winemaker Ryan Carter. Unlike most UK sparkling wine producers Coates & Seely are concentrating on Non Vintage wines - The Rosé was the first release; Blanc de Blancs then followed and in July 2015 their first vintage wines were released the Perfide Blanc de Blanc & Perfide Rosé 2009. All the wines carry the terms Méthode Britannique, and Britagne (pronounced Brit~an~ye) on the label, a testament to the quality and individuality of sparkling wines here that will at least rival their French neighbours!
The NV Rosé is a blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier that spent two years on the lees before disgorgement in 2016. It has a very comely bouquet with freshly picked rose petal, white peach and apricot, demonstrating impressive focus and delineation. The palate has extremely good weight allied with fine tension: hints of fresh strawberry and citrus fruit, a pleasant bite towards the tensile finish. This has everything in place for a great future if you can avoid temptation. Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jun 2017)
The palest of pale pinks and gently fragranced, like wild strawberries with earth and florals. For sparkling rosé I prefer the Coates & Seely simple NV, an incredibly pale, pretty pink that smells of wild strawberries and has an understated, earthy, savour and gentle floral scent. Perfect heatwave drinking, actually. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Jul 2015)
Christian Seely and Nicholas Coates' Hampshire sparkling project is no longer new, but it has consolidated its position as one of England's best. The rosé is on particularly good form, that delicious, succulent English summer fruit subtly expressed with a wash of fine-line acidity and finer bubbles. Rating: 92 www.thewinegang.com
The pale salmon-hue of this rosé tricks you into thinking that you're getting something sweeter when in fact, it boasts startlingly good acidity and finishes fairly dry. You would be right about one thing though - there's plenty of fruit on the palate. Strawberries come out top but you might also find raspberry and maybe even a hint of cranberry. Seems an awful shame not to have something decadent with it but actually, it goes incredibly well with a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. Qin Xie, Yahoo Contributor Network
The nose is lovely and fragrant, crisp with an attractive mix of peach skin, wild strawberries and cranberries. The racy acidity on the start of the palate gives way to sweeter flavours lots of red fruits quite fleshy strawberry and some white peach.The long seamless delicate finish has a complex mix of refreshing flavours. Rating: 95 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
2012 Rating: Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2015
This simply stunning wine has electrifyingly pure English acidity, with a beautifully balanced 9g/litre of dosage, leaving a lingering hint of strawberries on the finish. (65% Pinot Noir, 65% Chardonnay) Tom Stevenson's The Best English Sparkling Roses. Decanter Magazine December 2011 Rating: 4 stars Decanter Magazine
A sumptuous, juicy and refreshing strawberry-filled rosé with mouth-watering crispness. Made from two grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Jane Parkinson, www.janeparkinson.com
Another excellent newcomer is the Coates & Seely Rosé Brut Britagne NV with its fragrant nose of red berries and super-refreshing palate of crisp, sweet mulberry fruitiness stopped dead in its tracks by an underfoot cranberryish, sherbety tang. Its co-founder, Christian Seely, has chosen the name Britagne in an attempt to get the name accepted as a term for champagne-method English sparkling wine. This provocative step has brought orchestrated resistance to what's seen as a Frenchification of an English practice. Anthony Rose, The Independent
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