Smith & Evans, Higher Plot Somerset Chardonnay/Pinot 2011 England

Around a third of the wine had three months in third-use French oak from Chateau Smith Haut Lafite, 'sadly no relation!' From low-yielding Dijon clones rather than champagne clones; 'Being burgundian they are intended for interesting still wine which is our starting point'. Not much nose (to begin with, although it did open up more a couple of days later and kept a very good mousse as well). Fine tight-clenched bead. Super-linear, leafy, laurel, lime. Very appetising, some leesy richness only becoming apparent with time in glass - it's one of those wines that seems quite reticent and first and then opens up to reveal lovely depth. A very gentle aniseed note. Gorgeous tension. Layered. Incredibly good and just their second vintage. One to watch! (TC) 12% Drink 2016-2021
Jancis Robinson

"This is the inaugural vintage of Guy Smith’s sparkler and he has hit the ground sprinting.... this is the finest debut English fizz of the year."
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"Always good to see a new English sparkling wine that’s of top quality. I was really impressed by this."
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Smith & Evans 2010 Sparkling Awarded Bronze at the 2015 International Wine Challenge !