England’s most expensive sparkling wines

26th April, 2017 by Rupert Millar

Although still a young industry, English winemakers are making great strides in terms of quality and stylistic, terroir and varietal expression.

Some might say that there is still not enough of a market for English wine to justify £100 bottles of wine just yet or that perhaps it is presumptuous of estates to try and corner the prestige cuvée market but there would be a strong counter argument to the effect that the creation and release of luxury single vineyard and multi-vintage blends with price tags to match is a sign of confidence in both the increasing quality of English vineyards and the wines they produce.

As it happens, when searching for the most expensive English wines it was clear that the great majority of Kent, Sussex or Cornish fizz is nowhere near as pricey as £100 or even £50 or £40 a bottle.

What does very quickly become clear though is that blanc de blancs tends to be the most common style at this upper end of the English wine market.

Chardonnay is of course the grape responsible for some of the great prestige cuvées in Champagne and England’s South Downs shares the same seam of Upper Cretaceous chalk with the Ciote de Blancs. Coincidence?

Of course, it’s always possible that in the variable English climate it’s simply the grape that continues to deliver the most consistent results.

There is no doubt, however, that as English wine gains in stature and quality we will see more of these top wines in future and there are always further developments in English wine.

The long-awaited Rathfinny estate will be launching its first wines soon and Boutinot-owned Henners in East Sussex has plans to roll out a multi-vintage blend later this year.

Champagne Pommery is likewise releasing its first English sparkling wine, Louis Pommery, in partnership with Hattingley Valley and, while still some way off, Taittinger’s Domaine Evremond is steadily being built up with the first wines expected in around 2022.

Small steps from the Champenois to begin with but how long before they decide to challenge the domestic growers for the title of England’s most expensive wine?

2 Responses to “England’s most expensive sparkling wines”

  1. Roy Cook says:

    Which red is ‘England’s Most Expensive Red Wine’?

  2. E Hiscocks says:

    Litmus Red Pinot Noir which is around £35/btl

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