June 2017 Wine of the Month

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To coincide with “English Wine Week” and to celebrate the recent success story with English sparkling wines, Roving Sommelier’s wine of the month for June 2017 is the NV Coates & Seely, Brut Rose from Hampshire, England. For me, its freshness and lightness and quintessential English summer fruit flavours are perfect for summertime drinking.

Roving Sommelier loves premium quality sparkling wines from around the world. Even better when these expressive wines are made with love and care. For me, they’re ideal for those who prefer their sparkling wines to be playful yet serious and perfect for parties and celebrations. What’s more a quintessential English fizz is a great alternative to traditional (and expensive) pink Champagne.

Coates & Seely, based in Hampshire, produce their wines from grapes grown principally on the chalk downlands of Southern England. Using traditional French winemaking techniques and state of the art winemaking technology, their wines are a perfect expression of the Englishness of their terroir.

“Britagne” is a designation for sparkling wines made only from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes, grown and vinified in Britain, where second fermentation occurs in bottle and a number of other exacting viticultural and winemaking standards are satisfied. Such wines are recognised as being made under “Methode Britannique”. Best enjoyed well-chilled with or without food and in a convivial atmosphere. This top notch English pink sparkling wine displays lovely red fruits and summer pudding flavours.

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