Charles palmer blanc de blancs 2014
Price - $49/bottle
Product Description

Vintage: 2014

Vintage Rating: 9/10

Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Colour: White 

Region: Winchelsea, England

Producer: Charles Palmer

Winemaker: Rob Palmer

Sustainable: Yes

Estate Grown: Yes

Drinking Window: 2019-2022

Points on Wine Review - 94 points

A nose full of citrus peel, spring flowers, stone fruit and a little wild grass, a wave of delicate and yet persistent mousse first hit the palate, this then evolved into a delicate and soft palate of yellow apple, Asian pear a little brioche along with a silky, rich and elegant finish. Has to be one of the top Vintage sparkling wines in England. Really enjoyed the finish on this. 3 years on lees.

Food Pairing:

Smoked Salmon | Shellfish | Cheese

Alexander Recipe Suggestions:

Lobster with a lemon garlic sauce 

Mac and Cheese

Butternut squash ravioli with brown butter 

Technical Stuff

Appellation: England

Site: Charles Palmer Estate Vineyard

Soil: TBD

Yield: hl/ha


R/S: 0.1 g/l

Alcohol By Volume: 12 % 

Aging: 3 years on lees

Number of Cases: 5000

About Charles Palmer

Charles Palmer started off his career as a farmer and leased the land back in 2006 to grow vines. Charles had his sites set on producing the best terroir, quality-focused English wines he could. His approach really is quite unique. After he selected his land, he made the choice of growing Burgundy clones and no Meunier and very little Champagne clones. He explained this was a stylist approach and was based on the soil and climate. He questioned the reason to grow Meunier, which is always a challenging vine to work with. Why grow Meunier when Chardonnay and Pinot Noir produce better wines? For Charles, everything is about the quality and terroir on which the vines grow and letting the grapes and not the winery do the talking, all of the fruit is estate grown. The winery is not certified organic, yet is more than sustainable and Charles along with his son Robert are both now working together as the winemakers. Charles feels English wine is where Champagne was 50 years ago, whilst the growing season is not perfect, the vineyard is located around 2km from the sea, which allows for a more consistent growing season than other English wineries which struggle with variable conditions. When I walked around the vineyard with Charles is so dialled into what was required to make world-class sparkling wine. I am happy to hear that even though his focus is on sparkling wines, he has started producing a little Pinot Noir(Still), and the initial results are very encouraging. 


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