Chardonnay / Pinot Noir blend
Grape Variety: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris
Producer: Domaine Hugo (Hugo Stuart)
Region: Downton, Wiltshire, England
Wild Scale: 2/5
Vegan friendly wine
Winemaking: A biodynamic field blend from a single vineyard was harvested by hand. Fermentation with indigenous yeast to create a base wine which was then re-fermented in bottle (traditional method sparkling wine, Champagne method). Bottled with no fining, filtration or added sulphur.
This Wine: Rich and round sparkling white wine made in the traditional Champagne method. Amazing concentration and precision of citrus fruit with brioche notes from the lees ageing. Top-notch!
Notes on the Winemaker: Hugo Stuart farmed pigs down at Botley's Farm near Downton in Wilshire until the early 2000s when he decided to embark on a new adventure in France. He teamed up with Paul Old (now the man behind Project 108) in the Languedoc to create Les Clos Perdus which worked well for him for 12 years. After seeing the potential of English wines he decided to return back to his family's farm to plant vines and now makes a traditional method sparkling wine as well as a Col Fondo. He farms meticulously using biodynamic methods and the results speak for themselves.