Chapel Down Blanc de Blancs 2009 has a stunning brioche nose with apple hints and an amazing mousse with very fine bubbles. There is a fantastic depth of apples, pears, greengage fruit flavours; it is complex and minerally too. There is definite wow factor with this wine; it is certainly comparable to a very good Blanc de Blancs Champagne. The flavours go on and on.
2009 was a good vintage and this wine (with careful cellarage) should be enjoyed until 2019. We shouldn’t be surprised that English fizz is so good, as the South Downs and surrounding areas share many geological characteristics, and a not too dissimilar climate, to that of the Champagne area.
This intensely-flavoured wine from one of the leading producers of English Sparkling wine is a fabulous alternative to Blanc de Blancs Champagne. From a particularly good vintage, it is made from 100% Chardonnay. It is fabulous with fish, smoked salmon or oysters – and it is great on its own too.
Kate Hilpern, The Independent 23 May 2015
Chapel Down planted their vineyards in 1977 and are now the largest English wine producer, working with many vine growers across Sussex, Kent and Essex. Chief winemaker at Chapel Down is Josh Donaghay-Spire, who has a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Plumpton College and gained his experience in Alsace, Champagne and South Africa.
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