2015 Vintage Brut

Grapes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Colour White
Origin United Kingdom, England
Other Vegan, Vegetarian
ABV 12%

A slightly fuller style, with great ripeness of fruit - peaches, apples and lemon, but still tightly wound. This is just beginning to show the signs of what it is capable of, - so ready to drink now but will be fascinating to revisit after a few years. Very satisfying weight, with a fine bead again, clean as a whistle and incredibly moreish. L&S (Aug 2021)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

IN THE VINEYARD: It was a cool year with late bud burst with reasonable flowering giving average yields. July was warm with August to October cooler, giving a very late harvest, the latest ever in our history. We finished picking Chardonnay on the 10th November.

GRAPE VARIETY: 39% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier.
DOSAGE: 8.5g/litre
LEES AGEING: 48 months
DISGORGED: July 2020

FERMENTATION: First in stainless steel tanks, second in bottle with champagne yeast. PROCESSING: Whole bunch pressed and naturally settled for 24 - 36 hours.

The 2015 vintage has a fine, persistent mousse with a fresh nose of ripe white peaches, honeysuckle and pink grapefruit with underlying creaminess. On the palate it is full and round with concentrated orchard fruit flavours and a crisp bite of green apple and citrus giving an ultra clean, taut finish with great length. A stylish and complex wine, delicious now but with a great future.

Winemaker's notes (Aug 2021)


‘Licet Esse Beatis’: it is permitted to be joyful. This motto, that adorns the doorway to the Squerryes Estate, could not be more fitting of the wines.

From this corner of the North Downs, often overlooked in winemaking with the more famous South Downs stealing the limelight, the Warde family first noticed the potential in the estate and planted vines here in 2006. A geological survey had confirmed that the chalk escarpment had qualities similar to the esteemed 'Cote des Blancs' region of Champagne.

The only use their own grapes, and the base wines that are blended into the cuvée are aged for the lees for extended periods, creating incredible complexity in the wines.

The wines are already acclaiming accolades from Decanter, Jancis Robinson and the IWC, and we're very excited to be their first major distributor. The wines are incredibly smart and incredibly complex, offering masses of autolytic complexity with a gorgeous line of fresh acidity.

Six of the best from ENGLAND

Much is made of the strata of chalk soil that hosts the vineyards of Champagne, that runs under northern France and the Channel to re-emerge in Kent and Sussex as the Downs, and many of England’s vineyards cling to that very chalk soil. But, crucially, we have the climate, on the very margins of where grapes can be persuaded to ripen, to produce the tart base wines that are ideal for high quality sparkling wine production. All that, the classic grape varieties and much expertise and even more enthusiasm has propelled England to the forefront of the sparkling wine world. In this case we've got wines from five different estates, all with something to say on the subject, and the case includes a couple of cheeky rosés because we do it so well.

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