From the Hambleton Hall wine cellar
A selection of favourite wines chosen by Tim Hart and Dominique Baduel
NV Champagne Rene Beaudouin, Nogent L’Abesse
Our ‘House’ Champagne is made from a pure chardonnay formula which out-tastes all but the best ‘Grandes Marques’. It is crisp, dry and elegant with enough age to have discarded the greenness of young wines.
£278 for 12 bottles
2019 Dry Tokaji, Chateau Dereszla
Furmint is the grape from which the famous sweet wines of Tokaji are made and it can make an excellent dry wine also, with excellent grip, freshness and elegance.
£67 for 6 bottles
2017 Hart Brothers Albarino Rias Baixas, Spain
Angel Sequeiros vineyard on the banks of the Mino river has won many awards for his fine Albarino.
Sam and James Hart have for a few years now asked him to bottle some of his wine with their own “Hart Brothers” label. The light gold colour belies the freshness of the taste which reminds some of Riesling perhaps because both avoid Malolactic fermentation. It is a dry refreshing wine with much aromatic character and delicious white flowers and citrus flavour profile.
Great with seafood or as an aperitif.
£87 for 6 bottles
2019 Long River Chardonnay, Dowie Doole, McLaren Vale Australia.
There was a time when Australian Chardonnay was generally very fat, heavy and oaky in style.
This wine represents a new wave of Australian winemaking where freshness, structure and elegance are more in vogue. If I were aiming to make this wine from the ingredients in my cellar I would mix half a bottle of Chablis and add half a bottle of Macon blanc! I hope this gives you some idea of this useful wine.
£60 for 6 bottles
2020 Paddy Borthwick Riesling, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Wairarapa is at the South-west of North Island. This charming Riesling is off dry in style with characteristic Riesling aromas, lovely fruit and balance.
£75.50 for 6 bottles
2019 Morellino di Scansano, Le Pupille, Tuscany
Elisabetta Geppetti, a well known figure in the Maremma region of Tuscany is responsible for this wine. Made (like Chianti and Brunello) from Sangiovese grapes, the wine has a bright cherry red colour and crunchy cherry fruit which makes the wine refreshing and moreish and a great accompaniment for pasta dishes.
£87 for 6 bottles
2015 Chateau Bernadotte, Haut Medoc, Cru Bourgeois Supérieure
“The 2015 Bernadotte…. has a clean and fresh bouquet with plenty of appealing graphite notes. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky black fruit sprinkled with black pepper, good length and nicely focused.” 90 points Neil Martin
£110 for 6 bottles
2019 Givry Grandes Vignes, Parize
This wine from the Challonais is already drinking well and will evolve nicely for 5 years or so to make a perfect entry level red Burgundy.
£140 for 6 bottles
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