Raimes Blanc de Noirs English Sparkling, Hampshire

£35.95 / bottle
£409.83 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Raimes Blanc de Noirs English Sparkling Wine is an English Sparkling wine from Hampshire. Blanc de Noirs means that it is a white sparkling wine made from red grapes only, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This was their very first cuvee when the 2013 was launched in autumn 2016.

Raimes English Sparkling Wine is owned by the fifth generation of the Raimes family, Augusta and Robert. The family have been farmers in Hampshire for five generations with land on the historic Tichborne Estate where they grow wheat, barley and oilseed rape and also raise a herd of traditional pedigree Hereford cattle. Situated, as they are, on the chalky soils of the South Downs, it was only a matter of time before they started growing grapes for sparkling wine production. Their first 10 acres of vineyards were planted in 2010 with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – the holy trinity of sparkling wine production. As well as this Blanc de Noirs, they also produce a Classic Brut, a Blanc de Blancs, Rosé and Demi-Sec. Their wines are always produced as a vintage. 

The Raimes vineyard is located near the village of Tichborne, close to Alresford, in the South Downs. The chalky soils of the South Downs are essentially the same lump of chalk which runs from the soils of Champagne, under the channel, to the white cliffs of Dover, through Kent and Sussex and into Hampshire. The chalk lends a particular minerality that helps to achieve a delicate balance of ripeness, acidity and berry aroma. The vineyards are all located on south facing slopes. This aspect, combined with the soil, weather etc. (the “terroir”) produces wines with excellent minerality, balance, good acidity and complexity. It provides the perfect soil for vineyards for growing grapes for sparkling wines. 

The grapes for the Raimes Blanc de Noirs English Sparkling  are harvested by hand into small crates and then make the short journey to Hattingley Winery at Lower Wield when they are vinified under the watchful eye of the talented wine-making team. This wine is a sparkling white wine made in the traditional method from the red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. These red grapes produce white grape juice and can make white wines as long as any pressing and skin contact is kept minimal (the colour comes from various compounds in the skins). The wine spent 29 months on the lees which lends the wine more creaminess and texturality. Characteries by ripe orchard fruits. Lovely, fresh and well balanced with a hint of toasty background notes.

Raimes Blanc de Noirs 2019 is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Pinot Meunier. 36 months on lees. Disgorged March 2023. Dosage 5 g/L. Only 2800 bottles produced.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Tasting Notes

From Raimes: “The nose is of redcurrants, sweet red apples and peach with suggestions of pastry and lemon shortbread.  The palate is very fruit forward, thanks to the fruits of the ripe 2019 vintage. But it’s perfectly judged, bringing forward a creamy generosity to balance the taut red berry and crisp apple flavours.  This is such an expressive wine!”


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