Simpsons Chalklands Classic Cuvee
Vintage - 2017
Country - Great Britain
Region - Kent
Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 60%, Chardonnay 40%
Alcohol by volume - 12%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Simpsons Wine Estate
Tasting notes - The epitome of English elegance, this rich golden sparkling wine has enticing aromas of caramelised pear and floral millefeuille, combined with bright citrus flavours, linear precision and impressive length.
Charles and Ruth Simpson have been making award-winning wines in the South of
France since 2002. In 2012, attracted by the quality of the terroir and the opportunity to
become part of one of the most dynamic wine producing regions in the world, they
brought their expertise back to the UK, establishing Simpsons Wine Estate. Aspiring to
produce the finest quality English wine, they planted 30 hectares of vineyards on the
iconic chalk terroir of the North Downs and built a state-of-the-art gravity fed winery. In
2016, the Simpsons saw their first harvest. With a strong focus on provenance, they
produce a highly-acclaimed range of exclusively estate-grown still and sparkling wines,
including the Chalklands Classic Cuvée 2016, which won a gold medal in the 2019
Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.
2017 was the second harvest at Simpsons Wine Estate, and the result of a challenging
growing season featuring a damaging frost in late April that cut yields by as much as
70%. May and June saw warm, sunny conditions, with rain in July, followed by warm
sunny conditions into September. Lower crops resulted in intensely flavoured grapes
with great balance, leading to excellent wines.
Simpsons Wine Estate is situated in the Elham Valley; an unspoilt seam in the North
Downs of Kent where the contours of the land, the climate and the soil are excellent for
viticulture. The intensely lime-rich chalk soil forms part of the same chalk ridge that
stretches from southern England through the Champagne region and on to Burgundy.
The Guyot trained vines are planted at a density of 4,200 vines per hectare with a
range of both sparkling and Burgundian clones on either Fercal or 41B rootstocks. They
are grown on south facing slopes, ensuring heat accumulation in the day and cold air
drainage at night. The vineyard is less than eight miles from the coast, providing a
crucial maritime influence insulating the fruit against intense temperature variations.
Pruning and harvesting takes place by hand and they are signed up to the WineGB’s
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