This comes from the steepest part of the Wiston chalk 'coteaux' in the South Downs. It's a site that a very famous Champagne producer once wanted to buy to maker their English 'Cristal'. It's also exceptionally well-priced, and when you consider how any basic quality Champagnes there are in the market at this price of around £40, I'd urge you to trade in your Grande Marque Champagne and try this.
With notes of apricot, white peach, brioche, and oyster shells, it drinks beautifully now, but you can cellar it for years. This is the stuff of dreams. No one would have thought we'd have a release of sparkling wine of this quality from England at this stage. Drink as an aperitif, this will also be brilliant with shellfish, oysters, lobster and fish dishes.
FROM THE PRESS
“Time spent on lees after secondary fermentation pays huge dividends for English sparkling wine, endowed as it always is with high natural levels of acidity. That’s a lesson triumphantly proved by this 2011 Blanc de Blancs, with its soft mousse, lifted, almost floral aromas and deft weave of apple, tangerine and pear fruits rippled through with yeasty, bready richness. Its concentration, poise and length are impressive and position the wine well against the stiffest competition. It’s vibrant and giving now, but will hold well if stored correctly and given still more time over the next decade. Drink 2019-2028”Top Blanc de Blancs and Best in Show, Decanter World Wine Awards 2019