Dorset based Langham Wine Estate, has recently won the highly acclaimed Judgement of Parsons Green IV with its 2010 Classic Cuvee, a sparkling wine made in the vineyard’s first year of production, beating 93 other English sparkling wines from 47 different vineyards in a blind tasting. Its 2010 Blanc de Noirs also finished in the top 10.
The Cuvee is a blend of three classic Champagne grape varieties, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Aged for more than two years in the bottle, this wine has the hallmark of a classic. The Pinot Noir provides a summer fruit background, the Meunier a hit of peach and the Chardonnay an acidic backbone, keeping the wine structured. The bottle ageing adds depth and subtle brioche and hazelnut aromas.
Langham Wine Estate winemaker, Liam Idzikowski explains, “We are absolutely delighted to have won the Judgement of Parsons Green IV with our Classic Cuvee and for our 2010 Blanc de Noir Reserve to come eighth. What makes it even more thrilling is that both the wines we entered are from our first year of production. We specialise in making exceptional wines, all estate grown and made on site, and it is so rewarding to achieve recognition for our hard work from such a team of expert judges.”
The Judgement of Parsons Green IV is organised by Stephen Skelton MW, with the aim to present the widest selection of English sparkling wines for blind testing to a panel of judges. The name, Judgement of Parsons Green IV stems from the Judgement of Paris (1976) when Californian wines famously beat the best of the French.
Now in its fourth year, Skelton said that this year’s scores for the top 10 English sparkling wines was higher than ever before, up almost a whole point to average 17.25 out of 20, demonstrating, he noted, “the increase in quality of the best wines”. Langham Estate Wine was described by Skelton as doing “exceptionally well”. Judges included wine writers, several Masters of Wine, trade buyers and consultants.