Langham Estate

United Kingdom, England

With a south-facing aspect, chalk soils and a unique microclimate, Langham estate's Crawthorne Farm 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 and so established hedgerows provide natural wind breaks and habitat for a large variety of beneficial organisms. This great Vineyard terroir was identified by John Langham and now under his son Justin the work is being intensified and the number of vines has increased to nearly 30 Hectares. Working as much within the bounds of what Nature allows here, the team are constantly working towards reducing chemical intervention in the vineyard, employing diligent canopy management executed at specific times. By increasing air flow through the canopy and promoting biological control organisms, the effects of disease are kept to a minimum. 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 super 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)