Please refer to our Privacy policy for important information on the use of cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to this.


Too good to miss : 2018 Rosé de Saignée, Hundred Hills

January 2022

2018 Rosé de Saignée, Hundred Hills
£180 per 3 bottle case in bond

Request To Buy

At Atlas, we aren’t in the habit of offering the same wines twice, but I think a number of clients may have missed our offer on the sparkling wines of Oxfordshire-based Hundred Hills late last year, in which we offered the extraordinary, limited production 2018 Rosé de Saignée. This new release from the estate, which I can safely say is easily the finest English sparkling wine we have collectively tasted, is too good to overlook. So here I re-offer it on its own, as I believe it deserves highlighting individually.
It seems we are not alone in our beliefs; the famed two Michelin-starred restaurant-hotel, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, also based in Oxfordshire and run by renowned French chef Raymond Blanc, seems to have taken Hundred Hills under its wing (they have the 2017 Preamble No. 2, the 2016 Preamble No. 1 and the Rosé de Saignée on their wine list, such is their esteem of the wines). In fact, head sommelier at Le Manoir, Lukas Hyner, is quoted as stating that Hundred Hills’ Rosé de Saignée is the best English sparkling wine he has ever tasted.
‘The 2018 vintage will be a reference point vintage for English wine’; so said Hundred Hills owner, Stephen Duckett, three years ago. It was the warmest summer on record, largely dry with a little much-needed rain in late August, leading to a fine, unproblematic autumn. It provided near perfect growing and harvest conditions, and meaning the fruit was able to achieve full ripeness – not by any means a given in English vineyards.
The 2018 Rosé de Saignée was remarkable to taste; as Simon mentioned in his offer last year, the aromas are somewhat reminiscent of a young Côte de Beaune, with notes of sappy red berry and a hint of toast. There is a real depth of fruit on the palate; raspberry, pomegranate and hints of orange peel, and a subtle, but distinctive fresh mint note adding complexity. This is a remarkable and captivating wine that lends itself so well to food pairing, though on its own it really is a joy to drink. I have included Simon’s full tasting note below.


2018 Rosé de Saignée, Hundred Hills
£180 per 3 bottle case in bond

Highly individual, the Rosé de Saignée boasts a remarkably deep hue in the glass, and a bright hue at that, on account of the efforts of the Hundred Hills team to avoid oxidation. The aromas are similarly unusual for a sparkling wine, with scented, ripe Pinot nuances of red berry, hints of toast, all of which reminded me of the youthful nature of a young Côte de Beaune Burgundy. Showing terrific depth of fruit with sappy, spicy Pinot characters with raspberry, pomegranate through to hints of tangy blood orange, this is a remarkable wine. Completely captivating and a great success – you almost forget it is a sparkling wine. Conditions do not permit the production of a saignée each year, but this might well develop a cult-like following! A little patience will be rewarded here for it to hit its stride. Stunning. Drink 2022-2030. (SL)

With only 600 bottles made in 2018, I would urge you not to miss this incredible and unique offer. We concur with Stephen that 2018 will be reference point vintage for English wine and Hundred Hills is a clear front-runner.

Please let us know of your interest. 

Best wishes,

saignee - Copy - Copy
New Releases:

Not a New Release: 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Poggio al Vento, Col d’Orcia

New Release: Outstanding Spätburgunder from Weingut Dautel

2020 Guardasole, Boca

2022 Ponce, Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce

Replenish your wine rack with ten great value daily drinking wines

2019 Amarone della Valpolicella, Sant'Urbano, Speri

2019 Curly Flat Chardonnay

2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, En Virondot, Domaine Marc Morey

2020 Rocche dell'Annunziata, Renato Corino

2021 Ornellaia and Le Serre Nuove

1982 Château Gruaud-Larose, St Julien

2021 Danbury Ridge, Pinot Noir

2022 Navatalgordo, Comando G - a new wine and a new release

A text book modern Adelaide Hills Chardonnay: 2022 M3 Chardonnay, Shaw + Smith

The incredible, and high-scoring, Spanish duo - 2021 Casa Castillo Las Gravas and Pie Franco

Four new releases, including two new Champagnes from De Sousa

2008 Barolo, Riserva Runcot, Elio Grasso

The 2020 Barolo from Agostino Bosco

A duo of 2022 Sancerre from Domaine Claude Riffault

2018 Schioppettino from Ronchi di Cialla

2009 and 2010 Bordeaux: Châteaux Duhart-Milon, Ducru-Beaucaillou and Pichon-Lalande

The 2020 vintage from Bekkers

2004, 2001 plus 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al Vento, Col d'Orcia
The outstanding 2020 Barolo of Elio Grasso inc. the first release of the 100-point 2016 Riserva Runcot
Three wines for the festive season
A fine selection of Champagne for the festive season
Highly individual Malbec and Chardonnay from Catena Zapata's Adrianna Vineyard
2015 Rioja Gran Reserva, Finca Ygay, Marqués de Murrieta
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Rudolf Furst
2021 Paixar, Bodegas Luna Beberide
2013 Blanc de Blancs, Les Blanches Voies, Vilmart

Back to all New Releases...

To request a wine, please feel free to contact any member of the Atlas team. We can be reached on +44 (0) 20 3017 2299, or by submitting the form below. Please note that stock may be limited and is always sold on a 'first come, first serve' basis. 

Contact Us

Thank you. Your message will be with us shortly.
If you wish to write us another message please return to the homepage.
We'll be in touch soon.

Go Back

Atlas Fine Wines Ltd. 

Blackwell House, Guildhall Yard
London, EC2V 5AE
T: +44 (0) 20 3017 2299
F: +44 (0) 20 3017 2290