Limited release of magnums of Cloud Ten 2010, from Ambriel
English fizz, as we all know, is better than ever. We have the soil, we have the climate and we have the know-how. After all, why else would Champagne houses such as Pommery and mighty Taittinger be planting vineyards and making wine here?
The multi-award-winning Ambriel, produced by Charles and Wendy Outhwaite at Redfold Vineyards in Nutbourne, West Sussex, is one of the finest of all England’s Traditional Method sparkling wines and a long-time Spectator favourite. Indeed, Wendy (a celebrated QC in her spare time) has hosted more Spectator Winemaker Lunches than anyone else, so insatiable is our readers’ thirst for the glory that is Ambriel.
We are genuinely excited, therefore, to have the exclusive on the estate’s latest release: the 2010 Ambriel ‘Cloud Ten’. This stunningly fine wine was produced during the Outhwaites’ maiden vintage in 2010 from a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It was bottled in 2011 and has only just been disgorged, meaning that it has spent a full nine years on the lees. It’s crisp, clean and refreshing and still remarkably youthful. There are hints of candied fruits alongside those of crunchy fresh apple, a whisper of baked apple too, a faint suspicion of cream and the finest of fine mousses. With just eight grams of sugar per litre, the fizz finishes perfectly dry and all you crave is a second glass. Gosh, it’s good!
This strictly limited release, which will delight connoisseurs and canny collectors, is offered in magnums only at £99 each (in a bespoke wooden box) or in air-bag trios for £250 via Private Cellar. Delivery is free.
Jonathan Ray, Spectator Drinks Editor
Exclusive to Spectator Club Members until 30th November, 2020.
Magnums offered on a first come first served basis, while stocks last.