Wiston Estate, Blanc de Blancs 2011 from the county of Sussex in the South East of England of course. Crafted by the expert hand of Irish winemaker Dermot Sugrue, this 100% South Downs Chardonnay was only disgorged this year meaning the juice has spent 8 years on its lees bestowing it with opulent, proud and seductive aromas of fresh, warm apple pie topped with cinnamon, fermented yellow plum, freshly baked banana bread & burnt brown sugar.
The closest equivalent from Krug, their Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, which receives 12 years on its lees will cost you twenty times as much, commanding almost four figures before you reach a decimal point.
The wine held off competition from not only local rivals but also Premier & Grand Cru status Champagnes from famous names such as Billecart-Salmon.
But don’t go just yet, that wasn’t the only of our wines to be heralded in Decanter’s assessment of hundreds of Blanc de Blancs from around the world. Môreson Wine Farm in Franschhoek, whose wines are imported exclusively by us in the UK, received a score of 90/100 which was exactly the same score as the aforementioned Billecart-Salmon Grand Cru which commands a premium of more than three times as much with a price tag of £60.
At just £19.99 that makes Môreson Solitaire, which is produced exclusively from Franschhoek grown fruit, one of the best value wines included in the tasting by a valley mile and perfect for parties, weddings or, really, just any time the mood takes you… quick glass before dinner (or breakfast), bathtime, celebrating, commiserating, days that end in Y, the list goes on!