Quick the French are coming!
Frenchman Didier Peirson and wife Imogen Whitaker, owners of the established Pierson Whitaker Grand Cru Champagne house has partnered with English landowners in Hampshire to produce a sparkling wine called Meonhill. Its made at the Little West End Farm vineyard in the South Downs near Petersfield and is is produced using the traditional method with a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The first wine merchant to take delivery is specialist English wine merchant the Wine Pantry, in London’s Borough Market. The wine will retail at £24.95 and is available in the UK through merchants Terroir Languedoc.
From March 1 for a limited time, Wine Pantry will also be selling Champagne Pierson Whitaker Cuvée Reserve to give customers the first ever comparison between a Champagne and English sparkling wine with the same grapes and the same winemaker but from different countries. Apparently even the grape pickers are the same.