Langham Estate

United Kingdom, England

Langham estate is proudly independent and grow all their own grapes giving them total control and the ability to produce exactly the wines they want. With a south-facing aspect, chalk soils and a unique micro-climate, Langham's 'Crawthorne' Vineyard provides the perfect terroir for ripening the classic Champagne varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The viticulture here is the latest development in agriculture at this historic, farming estate with established hedgerows and mature woodland providing natural wind breaks and habitat for a large variety of beneficial organisms. This great Vineyard potential was identified by John Langham and now under his son Justin the work is being intensified and the number of vines has increased to more than 30 acres. They work with a low-intervention approach to both grape growing and wine production, constantly striving to minimise our environmental impact and produce honest wines that reflect their Dorset terroir. All grapes are handpicked, and rigorous vineyard selection ensures only the highest quality grapes arrive at the winery. The results are impressive - this super wine is the newest English sparkler to join our list and represents unusually good value for the immense quality.

After his father John realised a dream by planting a south-facing, chalky vineyard in at Crawthorne Farm in the rolling hills of Dorset in 2009, Justin Langham has turned the vineyard and characterful old barn into a 12-hectare commercial operation. Hand-picked and selected in the vineyard, the champagne grapes are processed by the traditional method. As a fitting accolade, the Langham Rosé 2014 won a gold medal at this year’s Independent English Wine Awards. Anthony Rose, The Evening Standard (Jul 2018)