Unique to Squerryes
Without doubt, our sparkling wine does have similarities to that produced in the Champagne region. We use the same grape varieties, vine clones and complex bottle fermentation process, so a likeness is perhaps inevitable.
However, take a minute, and you start to notice the differences: the balance of fruit and yeasty characteristics on the nose; the complexity and depth on the palate; and the long straight finish all combine to give a distinct flavour that is very much unique to Squerryes.
Only Our Grapes
And unique it will remain, because we only use grapes from our very own vineyards. We always have and we always will. We’re extremely proud of the flavour and aroma that are attributed to the terroir, it’s something we know we are very fortunate to have.
So lucky in fact, that other people have been very interested in our land. Back in 2004, a Champagne house visited Squerryes to try and buy some of it. A geological survey had confirmed that our chalk escarpment had qualities similar to the esteemed “Cote des Blancs” region of Champagne. Along with the soils, the long, moderate summers and cool evenings provide the perfect growing conditions for the vines.
Thankfully, good sense prevailed and at the last minute Henry Warde said “thanks, but no thanks” to the Champagne House, and set about planting his own vines, on his own land.
The rest, as they say, is history.