There’s a moment of joy that accompanies opening a bottle of fine sparkling wine. Great still wines are solemnly appraised, but sparkling wines demand the company of friends, partners, and lovers.
Libertine is a celebration of these bonds of pleasure. Low-lying Essex has witnessed the steepest rise in reputation of any of England’s burgeoning wine regions. A county itself largely composed of clay, gravel and sand that has been dragged and deposited from elsewhere. Is now a home-from-home to a winemaking culture that only recently crossed the Channel.
Long, dry summers give Essex a head start. Fruit flavours are always a tad more exuberant than elsewhere, and the body of the wine is inherently fuller. Beyond this, there’s something irrepressible and spirited about this estuarine corner of England that spills over into Libertine.
This rosé wine blends two noble varieties – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It’s a collaboration between two English Masters of Wine who have spent much of their time in exile, winemaking abroad. Essex surprised them too. For sparkling wine, it seems, there really is no place like home
Essex, United Kingdom
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay