Dorset "Ideal" for Champagne Grapes
8:36am 28th May 2014
When you think of fine sparkling wines, you might conjure up images of the champagne region in France, but you should actually be thinking of somewhere closer to home.
Langham Wine Estate has 38,000 vines planted on 30 acres of land near Dorchester.
As part of English Wine week we've been finding out more and spoke to Managing Director Justin Langham, who told us most of the time Dorset has the ideal climate for champagne grapes.
"The weather we had in 2012, we had a cool and wet summer which wasn't very good for grapes. The year before that was good and 2013 was fantastic - we had a decent warm summer and if we have a decent warm summer we can grow good quality grapes."
Langham Wine Estate, has recently won the highly acclaimed Judgement of Parsons Green IV with its 2010 Classic Cuvee, a sparkling wine made in the vineyard's first year of production, beating 93 other English sparkling wines from 47 different vineyards in a blind tasting. Its 2010 Blanc de Noirs also finished in the top 10.
The Cuvee is a blend of three classic Champagne grape varieties, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
The Judgement of Parsons Green IV is organised by Stephen Skelton MW, with the aim to present the widest selection of English sparkling wines for blind testing to a panel of judges. The name, Judgement of Parsons Green IV stems from the Judgement of Paris (1976) when Californian wines famously beat the best of the French.