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Chapel Down launches Vintage Reserve 2019 into premium venues

English wine producer Chapel Down has released its Vintage Reserve 2019 sparkling wine exclusively to the premium on-trade. 

The Vintage Reserve 2019, which is a traditional blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Blanc and is aged for 18 months on lees, has been produced from hand harvested fruit sourced primarily from vineyards in Kent. 

The resulting wine, which was created specifically to be paired with food, has a lower dosage of 5g/l and is set to appear on fine wine lists across the UK including venues such as The Hand and Flowers, Le Gavroche, Midsummer House, The George Fitzrovia and Oxeye. 

Chapel down head winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire said: “Our Vintage Reserve 2019 is a great expression of quality English sparkling wine and offers the versatility to be able to pair with a variety of dishes, from grilled seafood to veal and poultry.”

Remi Cousin, head sommelier of Le Gavroche, explained that it is “an elegant English sparkling with an equally elegant label” admitting that le Gavroche was “delighted to be one of the first restaurants to serve it”.

The Hand and Flowers assistant restaurant manager Gavin Hills added: “With the expected crisp English acidity, the Vintage Reserve would pair nicely with a delicious piece of grilled cod or turbot served simply with some buttered cabbage and potatoes, Sunday roast pork with all the trimmings, or quite rightly just being savoured on its own – with company of course.”

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