Move over Champagne! Gorgeous, zesty, creamy Rathfinny Brut Rosé 2018 is a surprise star of the show: case of six bottles delivered, exclusive Members’ price


For those who look no further than Champagne for sparkling wine, the Rathfinny Brut Rosé 2018 will come as a surprise. It is exceptionally good, a gorgeous, zesty rosé, 24 months on the lees having given a rich creaminess. Elegant and refined, with a lovely, vibrant mousse, full of notes of wild strawberry, orange zest and a touch of sherbet, it is inviting and sophisticated.
It helps that 2018 was ‘the vintage of the decade’, one of the warmest English summers on record—but there is much more to Rathfinny’s exceptional natural advantages.
This Sussex winery lies on a band of chalk which forms the Paris Basin, running through northern France, crossing Champagne itself, and running into southern England to form the South Downs. This, and the vineyard’s location on a south-facing slope not far from the south coast of England, sheltered from the south-westerly winds by a ridge running parallel to the vineyard, all make it a perfect place to grow sparkling wine grapes, and the proof is definitely in the drinking!
Suzy Atkins in the Sunday Telegraph writes, ‘Rathfinny English sparklers rank among the best. The new release 2018 rosé is subtle and complex—look out for red apple, raspberry, red cherry, crème anglaise, orange peel and white pepper.’ Jancis Robinson MW awards this vintage 16 points—top marks from this world famous, and notoriously cautious, wine connoisseur.
The wine is a real delight: made from a blend of 81% Pinot Noir, 13% Chardonnay and 6% Pinot Meunier grapes, it is an elegant and delicious apéritif which you will be proud to serve alone, and it pairs beautifully with food. Enjoy with Asian flavours such as Thai chilli crab and duck with ginger spring rolls, strawberry soufflé and fresh papaya—having enjoyed which, the Club Tasting Panel commend it highly to Members, one former English wine sceptic so delighted with this sparking rosé he commented, ‘Watch out, Champagne!’.
Rathfinny Brut Rosé 2018 vintage, case of six bottles. RRP £226. CCUK £169 including UK mainland delivery.

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