Hoffmann & Rathbone Blanc de Blancs, East Sussex

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Hoffman and Rathbone
Grape Varieties
Optimum Drinking
Within 4 years
Wine Style
Elegant and complex style of sparkling wine
Alcohol by Volume
Natural Cork
Style / Colour

An exquisite Blanc de Blancs with a fine mousse and citrus aromas unfolding into hints of pine nut and cinnamon. Generous and intense, with rich brioche notes balanced by a stunning saline tension.

Producer Note

Hoffmann & Rathbone is a boutique winery located in England’s Sussex-Weald region, founded by husband-and-wife Ulrich Hoffmann and Birgit Rathbone who have a passion for crafting artisanal wines. Ulrich Hoffmann has a wealth of winemaking and viticultural expertise having spent 22 years working around the world, from the prestigious Rolf-Willy estate in Baden-Württemberg, to Chateaux de Fieuzal and Haut-Gardére in Bordeaux, Artadi in Navarra, and Cain Vineyards in the Napa Valley. He may have continued had he not fallen in love with the Sussex countryside and its cool climate, which offers ideal conditions to produce delicious sparkling wines. Following an ethos that the perfect sparkling wine cannot be rushed, they focus on precision, passion and combining traditional methods with a modern, minimalistic approach, creating tiny volumes aged for long periods with care and patience. Hoffmann & Rathbone has proved that English sparkling wine is now on par in terms of quality, with the best sparkling wines in the world, never imitating, but with that quirky English personality of doing things differently. 


The grapes come from Ford Farm Vineyard in East Sussex, in the Sussex Weald an area of outstanding natural beauty. The vineyard comprises three parcels on one farm, which are south facing and surrounded by woodland which offers maximum protection from wind and excellent heat retention. This sheltered, warm and dry site offers ideal conditions for growing grapes to produce concentrated sparkling wines. The vines are Guyot trained at elevations of between 50 to 80 metres above sea level. The soil is clay, with underlying sandstone, which offers good water retention properties to nourish the vines. The vines are cultivated using sustainable practices; under-vine weeding takes place to control weeds, herbicides are not used, with solar panels for electricity and boreholes for water. A wildflower meadow, fruit orchard and woodland promote bees, wildlife, and biodiversity. The harvest often takes place two weeks earlier than most, with the fruit being hand harvested into small crates.


The fruit was whole bunch pressed and naturally settled for 36 hours. Fermentation lasted 14 days at 15°C with selected yeast ‘sleeping beauty’ which dates to 1895, in stainless steel tanks, with 40% fermented in large format 500 to 600-litre oak barrels for complexity. 40% underwent malolactic conversion. The wine was kept sur lie up to five months, naturally settled, blended, filtered, and bottled in June of the following year. Periodic riddling took place. This cuvée was cellared for seven years.

Tasting Note

An exquisite Blanc de Blancs with a fine, seamless mousse and citrus aromas unfolding into hints of pine nut and cinnamon. Generous and intense, with rich brioche notes balanced by a stunning saline tension.


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