ENGLISH BUBBLY

2010/11/11For a long time it was a source of derision, but English spumante is now starting to rival the best Champagne. Previously, the climate of the southern region of the United Kingdom was considered too cold for the cultivation of grapes, but global warming has given southern England the same climate enjoyed by Champagne in the 1950s and 1960s. Thanks to similar soil types, English producers like Ridgeview are now in a position to cultivate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with excellent results.

Take Ridgeview’s 2006 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs, which swept aside the best Champagne in the ambit of the prestigious International Trophy for spumante at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010.

The spumante is a Blanc de Blancs, which indicates a wine produced entirely from Chardonnay grapes. In total, English wine producers have won forty seven medals and trophies, in all categories.

With such potential, it would not be a surprise if sometime in the near future a few prestigious maison di Champagne were to decide to broaden their horizons towards the best English terrain.