OK, we all know how good the famous names of English sparkling wine are: the likes of Nyetimber, Ridgeview and Camel Valley.
Well here’s another, less well known name, making some serious sparkling wine: Breaky Bottom. This is the first wine of theirs I have tried, even though they are old timers on the English scene, established in 1974. It’s really good. And it shows that Seyval Blanc can make top quality fizz.
Breaky Bottom Cuvee John Inglis Hall 2006 English Sparkling Wine
12% alcohol. From free-draining chalk/loam soils in Sussex; 100% Seyval Blanc. Tight and fresh with some toastiness. Very clean fruity flavours with lovely freshness and nice toasty complexity. Sophisticated stuff. 91/100 (£22.99 Waitrose)