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Breaky Bottom Cuvee David Pearson 2015

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Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

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.

David - a farmer in Zambia growing maize, cotton and tobacco - supplied Peter his first wine boxes and became a key member of the team at Breaky Bottom before his death in 2019. A classic traditional method sparkler aged for a lengthy period on its lees, it shows a rich array of vanilla, buttered toast and red apples and peaches. At the moment this is relatively lean and youthful, but with age it will develop into a soft and creamy wine. Peter's wines always show better with some bottle age to them and we're very excited to see where this is headed.

WineGB 2020 Awards, Silver Medal