Advertisement

Wine of the week: a world-class sparkler from Dorset

This wine is an instant classic, says Matthew Jukes – a smooth, enticing, beautifully balanced number.

961-wine-634

2014 Bride Valley, Blanc de Blancs, Dorset £38, ten branches of Waitrose and onwaitrosecellar.com

There are a good few retailers out there for this wine, so please do have a browse of the Bride Valley website if you would like to support your local indie.For convenience, I have listed Waitrose, which sells more English wine than all of the other high-street titans, and it was there that I first tasted this wine while standing next to its maker, the legendary wine writer Steven Spurrier.

Advertisement - Article continues below

This wine is an instant classic a smooth, enticing, beautifully balanced number. It is drinking perfectly already and is underpinned with pristine acidity. It was this facet of the wine that Steven and I chatted about while we were tasting it. He lowered his voice conspiratorially and told me a little secret that I am happy toshare with you(I am sure he won't mind). He was travelling in Champagne and was in the Cte des Blancs, home to the great chardonnay vineyards of the region, tasting with some locals. He generously uncorked his own wine and one of the old timers sidled over to him and said, "You've got what we've lost".

He was referring to the vital acidity in the Dorset-grown wine. It seems that Champagne is warming up, along with all of the other wine regions of the world, and it looks like England will be even more of a safe bet for world-class sparklers than we might first have thought. If you would like to know more about Steven and his fascinating journey through wine, then I recommend his book, Wine A Way of Life.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com)

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/519374/the-top-festive-tipples
Wine

The top festive tipples

MoneyWeek wine columnist Matthew Jukes rounds up the best wines for your Christmas meals.
13 Dec 2019
Visit/investments/alternative-investments/601392/wine-lovers-sniff-opportunity-online
Alternative investments

Wine-lovers sniff opportunity online

The lockdown has seen wine lovers rush online, says Chris Carter.
29 May 2020
Visit/spending-it/wine/601390/five-exquisite-creations-from-burgundy
Wine

Wine of the week: five exquisite creations from Burgundy

This is an absolute gem of a quintet from Burgundy – and you must taste them all, says Matthew Jukes.
29 May 2020
Visit/investments/alternative-investments/601381/vintage-champagne-an-effervescent-asset
Advertisement Feature

Vintage champagne: an effervescent asset

SPONSORED CONTENT – Amidst the financial stresses and strains of various global financial crises, canny investors have identified vintage champagne as…
22 May 2020

Most Popular

Visit/economy/uk-economy/601427/covid-bounce-back-loans-and-inflation
UK Economy

What bounce back loans can tell us about how we’ll pay for all this

The government will guarantee emergency "bounce back loans" for small businesses hit by Covid-19. Inevitably, many businesses will default. And there'…
1 Jun 2020
Visit/investments/commodities/601433/commodities-possibly-the-biggest-opportunity-in-todays-markets
Commodities

This looks like the biggest opportunity in today’s markets

With low interest rates and constant money-printing, most assets have become expensive. But one major asset class hasn’t. John Stepek explains why com…
2 Jun 2020
Visit/investments/commodities/gold/601444/these-seven-charts-show-exactly-why-you-must-own-gold-today
Gold

These seven charts show exactly why you must own gold today

Covid-19 is accelerating many trends that were already in existence. The rising gold price is one such trend. These seven charts, says Dominic Frisby,…
3 Jun 2020