Coates & Seely Sparkling Rosé NV

Coates & Seely Sparkling Rosé NV

I recently tasted a sparkling rosé from relative newcomers on the English wine scene: Coates and Seely. This wine is using the traditional method (i.e. as per Champagne) and entirely from black-skinned grapes Pinot Noir (65%) and Pinot Meunier (35%). I initially tasted this wine blind, and here are my impressions:

A light, bright salmon in colour; highly aromatic with notes of red apple skin, strawberry – light, not jammy – and a subtle smokiness. The palate showed a lovely intensity of fruit – apples, pears, tart strawberries. A sherbert or candied edge to the fruit gave it away as English to me, along with the light body and high acidity. The wine is lean and long in the mouth, with a fine, robust mousse. It is clearly in a very ‘clean’ style, with a crisp penetrating length along the palate, and Brut level sweetness.

The bottle was enjoyed by all...

Overall, I was very impressed. The one criticism I had was that the sweetness felt slightly divorced from the long, lean flavour and acidity profile. However, this is just a minor complaint. The length down the palate is an indicator of the very fine quality of this wine. The fruit is elegant, sufficiently ripe and integrates very well. Highly recommended, and a great example of what English sparkling wine makers are achieving. The Champenois have yet another reason to be worried…

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About James

James Flewellen is a biophysicist at the University of Oxford. He has competed for the University in international blind tasting competitions and won several awards. In addition, James is a wine educator and wine writer, most recently co-authoring "The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting". He also writes for the international gastronome site "The Rambling Epicure", and can be contacted for wine consultancy and educational courses through the "Oxford Wine Academy".
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