"English bubbly reaches a new peak of excitement with this release from Windsor Great Park"
Hugh Johnson For the 2013 vintage
English fizz has been soaring in quality over the last decade and today England produces some of the finest in the world. Fitting perhaps as the sparkling wine method was discovered by Sir Christopher Merret in 1662. Vineyards aren’t new to England either – the Romans were the first to plant them, while Henry II did at Windsor Castle in the 1100s. Eight centuries later, in 2011, we discovered a 4-hectare south facing plot in Windsor Great Park, with slopes down to Great Meadow Pond. It’s an ideal location, with gentle breezes, a moderate climate, well drained soils – all the attributes for a top-class vineyard. We planted Champagne’s classic varieties and harvested our first grapes in 2013. The result: a fine fizz with rich toasty length.
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
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