Chapel Down, Kent
Firmly established as stalwarts of English wine, award winning Chapel Down together with Head Winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire is making some of the most iconic of the lot, supplying the Royal Opera House, Gordon Ramsay restaurants, 10 Downing Street and the Ascot racecourse. Featured in the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 companies to Inspire Britain it also made last year’s edition of the directory of ‘Cool Brands’ in 2016/17. Their 2013 Kit’s Coty Coeur De Cuvée Blanc de Blancs is the most expensive English sparkling wine selling at £100 per bottle. However, Chapel Down also has a range of delicious and affordable wines as well. My more affordable pick is this:
2013 Chapel Down Three Graces is a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from their 2011 vintage. Like the Kit’s Coty, it has flavours of fresh apple fruit, hazelnut and toasted brioche with the additional depth of red ripe berries, a long finish.