The Roman Road Chardonnay, 2020, Simpsons Wine Estate, England
The best English still wines we’ve had – we suggest decanting.
Amazing terroir, the very best technology and a real desire to make the best possible wines, means that Simpsons are onto something very special!
Simpsons Wine Estate is tucked away in the beautiful Elham Valley – a wonderfully quiet part of the North Downs of Kent. Their terroir is lavished with lime-rich chalk on part of the same ridge that stretches all the way to Champagne. Owners Ruth and Charles Simpson grow the classic trio of champagne varieties - Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Producing both sparkling & still wines, their first vintage was in 2016 and quickly they have established themselves as one of the UK’s very best estates.
The Roman Road Chardonnay is elegant and pure, with a distinctive mineral quality that you would expect from fruit grown on the iconic chalk soils.
Pale straw hued, with a complex matrix of tropical and citrus fruit, subtle butterscotch and flint on the nose, this Chardonnay shows excellent, ripe fruit intensity balanced with an elegant minerality, fresh citrus flavours and touches of cedar.