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Sparkling Brut Chardonnay/Pinot Cuvée Princess Colonna

Sparkling Brut Chardonnay/Pinot Cuvée Princess Colonna

Story of the wine:
Wine growing in England predates the Norman Invasion of 1066 and many vineyards are recorded in The Doomsday Book of 1087. Peter Hall established his winery in 1974 just outside Rodmell, near Lewes in Sussex and started making sparkling wines in the 1990s. The ‘Cuvée Princess Colonna’ is named after Peter Hall’s great Aunt Beatrice who married an Italian Prince. A very adventurous lady, who went up the Amazon in the 1880s with local pygmies in a dug-out canoe, then went into North America and fell in love with a cowboy who was killed in a Rodeo accident – later she went into Canada where she broke her neck whilst skinning buffalo.


Grape(s): 85% Chardonnay, 8% Pinot Meunier, 7% Pinot Noir
Area: From vineyards near Rodmell and Lewes in East Sussex
Training system: Double guyot
Vines per ha.: 3,000 per ha.
Av. age of vines: 30 years and over
Harvest: A manual harvest in the 3rd week of October
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel at 180C for 3 weeks. The second and bottle fermentation was for 8 weeks at 12-140C. There was no malolactic fermentation.
Ageing: It is aged for a year before the second fermentation in bottle for 3 years before degorgement and release.
Pack size: 6 x 75cl
Regional dish for this wine recommended by the producer: Oysters


Descriptions for Wine List
1) A restrained tone of fresh bread. On the palate it has a lemony feel and finished with a tangy creaminess.

2) English wine is now accepted as being of a top quality when produced by wineries such as Breaky Bottom. A restrained tone of fresh bread. On the palate it has a lemony feel and finished with a tangy creaminess.

Country: England
Region: Rodmell, Est Sussex
Grape: 85% Chardonnay 8% Pinot Meunier and 7% Pinot Noir
Product code: 5821
Pack size: 6x75cl

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Producer details

  • Producer: Breaky Bottom
  • Producer website: http://breakybottom.co.uk/
  • Breaky Bottom is an isolated farmstead set in a beautiful secluded valley in the South Downs. Peter Hall planted the 6 acre vineyard in 1974. The free-draining chalk soil finds its equivalent in Champagne. 

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