Langham Estate tops sparkling wine tasting amid "best ever" field

Langham Estate has come top in a blind tasting by industry experts of nearly 100 English sparkling wines.

Langham's Classic Cuvée - image:Langham Estate
Langham's Classic Cuvée - image:Langham Estate

The Dorset estate's 2010 Classic Cuvée was among several wines from relatively new producers, including Henners, Wiston, Wyfold and Hattingley which scored highly in the so-called Judgement of Parson's Green.

Now in its fourth year, the competition is organised by winemaker and consultant Stephen Skelton MW.

Skelton said that this year's scores for the top 10 English sparkling wines was higher than ever before, averaging over 17 out of 20, demonstrating, he said, "the increase in quality of the best wines".

Other newcomers in the top 20 included Court Garden, East Meon and Waitrose's Leckford Estate, while the more established Ridgeview had two wines in the top ten.

All but one of the top 30 wines were made with the classic Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier.

Skelton added the rosés had performed "especially well", adding: "This what a valuable style this can be for UK winegrowers."

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