Ridgeview Wine Estate Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011
The preeminent producer of English sparkling wine, Ridgeview Wine Estate was established in 1995 by Mike and Christine Roberts. The estate is located 40 miles south of London, at the base of the chalky South Downs, in the county of East Sussex.
From concept to inception, Ridgeview were determined to produce only sparkling wines, using traditional methods and varietals, with quality being the top priority.
For the past 24 years, Ridgeview has been the dominant influencer in the rise of English sparkling wine production. Ridgeview's belief from onset that England was capable of producing world-class sparkling wines has been unwavering in their strive to achieve just that.
Throughout their impressive history, Ridgeview has won multiple awards and trophies in both national and international competition. Ridgeview is the only non-Champagne ever to win the Decanter award for "Best Sparkling wine in the World", and the only English winery in history to win the Prestigious IWSC "International Winemaker of the Year" in 2018.
Today, the winery is run by second generation Tamara and Simon Roberts, Tamara as CEO, and Simon as winemaker. Following in their parent's footsteps, and honouring the original vision, Ridgeview represents the best of England.
The limestone soils of England’s southern end have proven ideal for the production of British sparkling wine. While it might seem too damp and cold for grape growing in England, recent warm summers and the onset of global warming signify great future growth for the British wine industry.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.