From the article:
As it was, Hambledon triumphed thanks to high scores across the board, with 2/3 of the judges placing it in their top three. One judge mistakenly wrote “this has to be French”, while Jancis Robinson MW described it as “taut but impressive” and “bracing, like a seaside walk”. Jamie Goode was similarly impressed, finding “precise and intense lemon character”, while Xavier Rousset MS observed that “it will be even better in a few years”
That intense lemon character, or as Jancis put it, tauting and bracing character is something that defines English sparkling wine to me, and I must admit that I’ve had a lot of it this year, including Camel Valley, Bride Valley, Hambledon and Nyetimber (and keep at least a couple of bottles at home).
The test above mixed NV with vintage cuvees. Price points are really different when you start using vintage cuvees of the French wines, and normalizing the vintages is a challenge, given that what’s is a vintage in one country may not necessarily be a vintage in another.
It would have been interesting if they have take something like the 2009 vintage Pol Roger, which is just one year older than the Nyetimber Cuvee used in the tasting and compared to the 2010 cuvees of the English sparkling wines.
All in all, the blind tasting was interesting, but there was no level-playing field applied to it (unlike, say, the Judgment of Paris). It was probably a fun afternoon to drink some bubbly and compare scores, but nothing more than that.