Chapel Down Classic Non-Vintage Brut is a consistently good value, stylish English Sparkling Wines made from grapes, grown in vineyards across Sussex, Kent, Essex and Dorset. A finely structured, elegant fizz which has red apple, lemon grass and freshly baked bread aromas and flavours with hints of strawberry and quince aromas. Made by the champagne method, which involves significant work from the vinification as a still wine, period on its lees, followed by a secondary fermentation in bottle and bottle age of around 18 months, before disgorgement. It has a fine and sustained mousse. This is great value, stylish English fizz. This Fizz is now made from 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 7% Pinot Meaner
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. As a result some top Champagne houses like Tattinger have invested in areas of land in the South Downs to plant vines.
Chapel Down planted their vineyards in 1977 and are now the largest English wine producer, working with many vine growers across Sussex, Kent, Essex and Dorset. 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.
“Lots of apple and lemon flavours on the palate, it has the freshness and lightness of a very good prosecco combined with some of the yeasty dry notes of champagne. Good, constant fine streams of bubbles; a noticeably lively bottle of fizz.”
“Good value this is easy drinking English Sparkling Wine.” John Mobbs of Great British Wine 2016
Great to see this wine receiving a Silver Medal at the prestigious Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017 (CSWWC)
The CSWWC is the most respected, comprehensive and rigorous international sparkling wine competition in the world, judged exclusively by renowned fizz experts Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tony Jordan.
2017 was a ground-breaking year for the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, with entries from more countries than ever before. A total of 17 trophies were awarded from 82 Best in Class winners, including 10 National Champions and 4 World Champions by Style.
Stevenson said, “It’s our mission not just to promote world class wines, but also to discover and reward new and exciting wines from established and emerging regions across the world.