The Hambletonian Society, since 2019 has created commemorative Champagnes to honor past winners and legends of our sport in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the Hambletonian Stakes in 2025.
VDLT has pledged 10% of sales of these wines to the Hambletonian Charity committee which supports standardbred after care and preserves the tradition and history of the sport through the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.
This label depicts the famous Dead Heat finish of Park Avenue Joe and Probe in 1989. This is world-class Champagne and the bottle is a wonderful collector's item for any harness racing aficionado.
Our tasting impressions
The Pinot Noir provides excellent structure and depth but there is nothing heavy about the wine. In fact, it’s quite refreshing and delicious with very pure fruit flavors. Drinking well now but it will evolve and develop more complexity over several years.
About this wine
Hambletonian Champagne is produced by an elite Champagne grower located in Écueil. The Non-vintage Brut, which is a mix of 1er Cru grapes mostly from Écueil and Villers Allerand and Grand Cru grapes from Bouzy. The vines are 30 years old in clay and limestone soil. The composition is 78% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay and 6% Pinot Meunier. Reserve wine makes up 30-40%
The grapes are slowly and gently pressed using gravity-flow techniques. Fermentation is in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and in barrel for the reserve wines. Aged three years on its lees with 40% in oak barrels. Disgorged by hand and laid down for 3 months. Dosage is 6 grams/liter.
As an aperitif, serve at about 46-50 degrees or with a meal at 50-55.