Question: What is the current buzz on a just released very expensive English bubble?
Answer: Yes there has been a buzz created this month by the 2014 Gusbourne Fifty One Degrees North Traditional Method English Sparkling wine released at the highest price of £195/bottle. They produced about 4000 bottles from 8 different parcels grown in Kent (clay & sandstone) and West Sussex (chalk & flint) of rich textured 2/3 Chardonnay & 1/3 Pinot Noir that spent an impressive 80 Months on the lees. Credentials of a prestigious Champagne with a price to match pushing the $ ceiling on previous top British sparklers including the likes of Chapel Down’s Kit’s Coty, Coates & Seely, Nyetimber, and Ridgeview. Will be interesting to see how this affects the upcoming releases from Pommery (with Hattingley Valley) and Taittinger’s Domaine Evremond.
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