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The Performance Tables

England, all styles

England's climate is every bit as variable as Champagne's and the White Cliffs of Dover are part of the same chalk basin that extends under Channel and Paris to emerge in the famous region itself as the Côte des Blancs, so it is little wonder that sparkling wine is England's great wine hope. Furthermore, the English deliberately put the bubbles into wine long before the French did. This was documented by Christopher Merret in 1662, six years before Dom Pérignon set foot in Hautvillers (this document is reproduced in my Christie's World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine), consequently sparkling Champagne was famous enough for English dramatists to wax lyrical about it in 1676 (The Man of Mode, Sir George Etherege), 43 years before the French claim to have invented it!

89 Nyetimber 1994 Aurora Cuvée, Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs, Brut (magnum)
88 Nyetimber 1994 Première Cuvée, Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs, Brut
87 Nyetimber 1994 Classic Cuvée, Brut
86 Davenport 1999 Brut Reserve
86 Bloomsbury 1997 Cuvée Merret, Brut
85 Fitzrovia 1998 Cuvée Merret, Brut
85 Cavendish 1998 Cuvée Merret
84 South Ridge 1998 Cuvée Merret, Brut
80 Bruisyard NV Millennium
80 Bearsted NV Brut
78 Breaky Bottom, Millennium Cuvée Maman Mercier 1996 Cuvée Réservé Brut
76 Chapel Down 1995 Epoch Vintage Brut
75 Bardfield 1998 Extra-Brut
75 Camel Valley 1999 Cornwall Brut
73 Chapel Down NV Epoch, Brut
73 The English Wine Centre 1996 House Bubbly, Brut RD 2000
72 Southern Shore NV Brut
72 Davenport 1998 Brut
70 Danebury 1995 Cossack, Brut
70 Hale Valley 1998 Brut