Launch offer – Digby Brut Reserve 2009
World Champion English Sparkling Wine Trophy CSWWC 2014
If I had a pound for every time somebody has mentioned the idea that English sparkling wines can rival the wines of Champagne I’d be drinking Dom Perignon regularly!
Unfortunately my tasting experience is that very few of them regularly reach this level and some don’t even aim for it. There certainly are world class English Sparkling wines and the potential is undeniable – the guys from Digby are realising this potential in bucket loads and I will genuinely be drinking this wine in preference to lesser Grande Marque Champagnes.
One of the secrets of fine Champagne is patience (and the finance to be able to mature your product). Long yeast ageing in the bottle is a key part of Champagne production. As well as creating complex flavours, ageing with the yeast lees in the bottle helps create the fine elegant bead of the wine after fermentation release amino acids and proteins into the wine reducing surface tension and creating a fine persistent mousse. Digby Reserve ages for three and a half years in bottle, longer than is required for Vintage Champagnes!
Digby Brut Reserve 2009 was last week awarded the first World Champion English Sparkling Wine Trophy in the 2014 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships – a new competition for Champagne and Sparkling wines, judged by the foremost experts in Champagne and Sparkling wines.
65% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir & 17% Pinot Meunier from Kent, Sussex and Hampshire vineyards.
“Seriously complex, amazingly sleek and very smart sparkling wine. Pale lemon colour. Promising, elegant nose with some pretty gunpowder complexity. Toasty complexity with yeast complexed fruit of the highest and cleanest order.”
Judges comments: Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW & Dr. Tony Jordan
2014 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
Digby Vintage Rosé 2009 £452.57 per dzn £37.14 per bottle inc VAT
80% Pinot Noir*, 20% Chardonnay (very limited quantities)
Deep coral pink coloured with refined yet exuberant bubbles. On the nose, the essence of an English Summer with notes of fresh roses, strawberries, extra ageing of 4 years in bottle on its yeast lees adds delicious toasty characters, that linger well into the finish.
* Rosé colour comes from the addition of 16% red Pinot Noir, vinified in oak
Prices are inclusive of VAT and delivery to most UK addresses is free for orders over £300 Prices correct at the time of publication, but are subject to change without notice.
The arguments for making top quality sparkling wines in England are compelling, indeed England won 11 gold medals in the new 2014 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, which places it second only to Champagne!
– England’s chalk downlands can have exactly the same soils as Champagne.
– The South of England has a climate comparable to that of Champagne.
– High Quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grow here.
Digby Fine English have taken a different approach to many English wine producers, they do not own vineyards, but use the négociant approach common in France and the New World, they will work with selected grape growers in the three prime English wine counties of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, establishing long term relationships to ensure they get the best quality fruit for the Digby wines.
The wines are made by a modern day genius by the name of Dermot Sugrue, winemaker at Wiston Estate in Sussex. Dermot has been one of the pioneers of top quality English sparkling wines. The estate has the UK’s only Coquard press (the classic Champagne press) and his passion for quality and attention to detail at every stage of the winemaking process is most impressive and is certainly evident in the quality of the Digby Fine English wines.
The wine is named in honour of Sir Kenelm Digby (1603 – 1665), the 17th century genius who made sparkling wine possible. This colourful Englishman was a privateer, Privy Councillor and polymath, who was also an industrialist inventing the process for making the strong glass bottles needed for sparkling wines.