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Super expensive English sparkler


#1

I see that there is a super premium English sparkler now being listed:

I guess no one has tasted it yet, but it seems pretty ambitious pricing. Just wondered what people thought.


#2

Ambitious is the word… For people who are really into their extended lees ageing, three years is nothing. I suppose the single-vineyardiness will add something to the value, and Nyetimber would certainly be the best-placed to offer something like this, but I’m still a bit sceptical as to whether this will have many takers (though if numbers are truly limited, they won’t need many).


#3

The 2010 was offered for £100 at Fortnum and Masons. Too expensive for me but the standard Nyetimber is to my mind priced at about the right level considering its quality, when compared to Champagne. I guess its pitched as a rival to various prestige cuvee Champagnes and I see no reason why it shouldn’t be at that quality level now.


#4

I guess there are always diminishing returns with fine wine, but one hopes with something expensive it will be worth it for the experience delivered. This seems like a statement, rather than the usual reasons of super high demand and/or particularly expensive production costs.

My benchmark is is its about two and a half times

is it worth it.


#5

Not the first English premium fizz. Check out the Chapel Down Kits Coty. A friend had it and while she enjoyed it, felt it was too young and said she’d probably spend the money on Krug next time…


#6

Think I’d go for the Hambledon premiere

When it’s got 25% off at Waitrose
https://www.waitrosecellar.com/type/hambledon-premiere-cuvee-872536


#7

Yes - a bargain.


#8

I’d recommend http://www.greatbritishwine.com/wines/hoffmann-rathbone-blanc-de-blancs-2010/ if you can lay hands on it.