English vine­yards are crack­ing the art of mak­ing fine sparkling wine

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Ken­tish wine­maker Chapel Down has cre­ated the daddy of home­grown sparklers. Named af­ter Kit’s Coty, a Ne­olithic mega­lith near the vine­yard, its newly re­leased Couer de Cu­vée is, says wine­maker Josh Don­aghaySpire, made from the finest por­tion of juice ex­tracted from the grapes har­vested from “the very best bit of our very best vine­yard.”

The pressed juice then un­der­goes wild fer­men­ta­tion in French oak bar­rels, al­low­ing the nat­u­ral yeast in the grapes to work. “That means you have a mi­cro­bial di­ver­sity con­tribut­ing dif­fer­ent parts to the aroma, flavour and mouth-feel,” Don­aghay-Spire says. The re­sult is re­fresh­ingly pure, with a bright ap­ple flavour. A slightly richer, bis­cu­ity edge will de­velop af­ter a few years, so spend your £100 wisely and, hard though it will be, con­sider let­ting the wine age. With only 1,600 num­bered bot­tles avail­able, it’s one to savour ei­ther way.


Camel Val­ley 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé Brut

Hat­tin­g­ley Val­ley Clas­sic Cu­vée 2013

Gus­bourne Blanc de Blancs 2013 100% Chardon­nay; 12% ABV

An­other Chardon­nay-only sparkler, from Ap­ple­dore, Kent. £45/75cl; gus­ 100% Pinot Noir; 12.5% ABV

An out­stand­ing pink fizz from Corn­wall; not too sweet. £27/75cl; camel­val­ Chardon­nay, Pinot Me­u­nier, Pinot Noir; 12% ABV Del­i­cate fruit aro­mas make this a well-bal­anced op­tion. £30/75cl; hat­tin­g­ley­val­

Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cu­vée 2013 100% Chardon­nay; 12% ABV £100/75cl chapel­

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