Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier Blend * 75cl * 12% ABV * Sussex, England
The somewhat unusual named 'Breaky Bottom' refers to the dry chalk valley that the eponymous vineyard lies in - and is even mentioned in the Domesday Book. English winemaking legend Peter Hall discovered the site as a run-down farm in the 1970s and quickly saw its potential to produce high-quality wines similar to those of Champagne and the Loire Valley. All wines are vintage and aged for an extended time on lees and in bottle - crucial things, Peter believes, to making the best English sparkling wine. Additionally, each cuvee is named after someone significant in Peter's life.
After tasting the entire range of Breaky Bottom sparkling wines, the Cuvee Reynolds Stone really stood out for us. Spending six years on its lees, this is very opulent on the nose with baked orchard fruit, candied nuts and a touch of cranberry or cherry fruit. Bright and creamy with a rich and buttery edge to it, it is very evocative of top quality Champagne, making it a real steal at this price. This is undoubtedly some of the finest English fizz we have tasted... With a long life ahead of it, it will equally reward patient and impatient tasters!
Gold medal winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.