English wines shine with sparklers to equal or better many in the Champagne section of the list. Furleigh is super - quite rich, fully-flavoured and dry with plenty of fruit and balance. This is a blend of 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay.
We tasted several English Sparkling Wines before we settled on one to add to our list. This property boasts 40 acres of vineyard near Bridport in Dorset, just 5 miles from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and soils similar to Champagne. The proprietors Ian and Rebecca are charming, the small winery is immaculate, at every stage there is great attention to detail and Ian was voted UK Winemaker of the Year 2012! More recently they won the Gold and Silver medals in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. Yes, it's Champagne price, but it deserves to be!