Review: NV Cameron Hughes Lot 841 Lambrusco

Review: NV Cameron Hughes Lot 841 Lambrusco

And now for something completely different from America’s favorite negociant, Cameron Hughes: a Lambrusco. I can’t recall Hughes diving deep into the sparkling wine world, and definitely anything made with this oft-maligned grape. If you need a primer, just ask your grandparents or parents; they made Lambrusco one of the top-selling imports during the ’70s and ’80s.

As expected, this is incredibly sweet but loaded with fruit – ripe strawberry, raspberry, cherry — though it leans a bit herbal and earthy on the palate. A mild, pleasant minerality balances the sweetness during the finish, providing a marked distinction from overly syrupy mainstream offerings.

Taken at face value, the wine is a lively, serviceable aperitif that would pair well with a light pre-dinner platter. This will be a divisive choice between purists and those who enjoy a bit of froth and fizz with their grapes, but even diehards would concede the quality found at this price point is hard to refute.


NV Cameron Hughes Lot 841 Lambrusco




Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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