Wine of the Week

Chapel Down Kit's Coty Estate Chardonnay 2011(by susie)

We all know how far (and fast) English fizz has come on in the last few years.

But some brilliant work has been going on with the still wines, too. We’ve been very excited by what we’ve been tasting lately, not least at the English Wine Producer’s show earlier this month.

At that tasting, I was quite simply blown away by the Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Estate Chardonnay 2011, 13% (£15, Majestic,, going into stores now).

And then, when Peter and I tried it again last night (a sample sent from the winery), my impression was confirmed that this is exceptional stuff – world class Chardonnay that is both elegant and intense, really moreish and the perfect answer for anyone who still has doubts about the potential for top quality English white wine.

Parmesan custard, Sussex asparagus, anchovy toast - and wineIt’s a single vineyard Chardonnay from Kent with elegant, nutty aromas that lead into a beautifully balanced and refreshing palate with all the vibrancy and steely structure of fine white Burgundy. Think top class Chablis with nutty overtones and a bracing English breeze running through it…

It’s made in a restrained style but with just enough creamy texture and toastiness to thrill the taste buds and leave you reaching for more.  As for seasonal food, think rich but summery, something along the lines of cheddar and asparagus soufflé.