Probably originating in Burgundy, Chardonnay has since taken over the World. Its ability to grow almost anywhere and produce pretty much any style of wine, from sweet to dry, with bubbles or without, has seen it grown in all wine regions everywhere. Widely castigated by the ABC brigade (people who will drink “Anything but Chardonnay”, so often opt for a White Burgundy instead) but responsible for the finest white wines on the planet in the shape of the great Montachets and Meursaults of the Côte de Beaune. With one or two odd exceptions, all White Burgundy is made from Chardonnay; it, also, features in most Champagne cuvées and, consequently, in sparkling cuvées across the globe; and is the staple of the varietal range no matter where from.

Nyetimber at Hurlingham

Nyetimber – 2013 Tillington Vineyard – Limited New Release

By on 08/08/2018

2018 marks an important anniversary for Lea & Sandeman as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, but also for Nyetimber, probably England's most famous producer of Sparkling Wine. In 1988, as Charles and Patrick were busy setting up L&S in London, the Nyetimber vines were being planted here in West Sussex.

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Californian Wines

Understanding Californian Wines – Our New Kids on the Block

By on 25/11/2016

For many, Californian Wine means one thing – the big, rich, bold style – fruit-laden whoppers embodied most often by the wines from the Napa valley – but after 10 days hard study and exploration along the dramatic coastline of this beautiful state, we have learnt lots and there is great variety for those looking for more.

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