What’s in a name? asked the greatest playwright of all time, and for many of us The Simpsons are a cartoon family from Springfield in the USA. But now an English family is reclaiming the name for the wine world as a leader of fine, fine wine!
For some years now, English wines have been reaching a standard we would only see from more famous regions in France. Especially the sparkling wines have gotten fantastic and deserved reviews all over the world, but now the still wines are starting to make a splash as well.
The Simpson estate is located not far from the historic town of Canterbury. The famous cathedral there have attracted pilgrims since the untimely death of Thomas Beckett in 1170. As followers of Kultour will know we like Christian munks and pilgrims, they bring wine and other goods with them wherever they travel, but getting wine to England have taken some time. The Simpsons estate planted their first vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Munier in 2014. In a very short time they have established themselves as producers of wines of high, high quality. Vinmonopolet carry several of their wines and we love all of them, but this weeks wine is the Gravel Road Chardonnay. The 2020 vintage is only the third vintage they have produced but it’s an exceptional wine and you will find it here in Norway at a great price.
Simpsons Gravel Castle Chardonnay 2020 - 229,00 kr
Lovely orange notes on the nose, with hints of herbs and lemon zest. Very delicate. On the palate the minerality and acidity makes this a very refreshing wine to enjoy. And enjoy it is what you do. It is so easy to drink. Lemon, orange, lime in the mouth. It is also very “Cool” in the mouth. It’s difficult to explain, but there are no jammy flavours, just very clear and clean fruit and minerality, that you usually find in the best burgundy wines or wines grown at high altitude. This is a wine that can be enjoyed alone or with a flat fish like Dover Sole or Turbot.