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Five Champagnes under £50

Champagne may be your favourite tipple or it may be called for when a special occasion comes along and at the Fine Wine Company we have champagnes for every budget. Every bottle we offer is of the highest quality and here we’re looking at five of our best offerings under £50.

 

Ayala, Brut Majeur – Non-Vintage

With a pale gold colour and a combination of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir grapes, this classy yet affordable champagne has a rich aroma and has a balanced flavour which is bound to go down well whatever the occasion.

It’s the pinot noir in this wine which provides its richness and the chardonnay add in a touch of delicacy and finesse. One of the best value champagnes we stock, this is a great choice for many different events.

 

Bollinger, Special Cuvee – Non-Vintage

Rich in the flavours of crystallised fruit and vanilla, the true quality of Bollinger comes to life in the Special Cuvee. It is made from the first-run juicy only and most of their vineyards have Grand Cru or Premier status, ensuring every champagne they produce is of the highest class.

It is made of a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes and has gentle pale gold hues which look fantastic bubbling away in your crystal flutes.

 

Charles Heidsieck, Rose Reserve – Non-Vintage

Fresh and zesty when compared with other champagnes, this Rose Reserve has a real complexity to it. It is coral pink in colour and it is rich in the scent of strawberries and aromatic peaches with gingerbread and cinnamon undertones. It is created from a blend of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir and offers a long and balanced finish.

 

Jacquart Champagne, Brut Mosaique – Non-Vintage

Fine, long lasting bubbles characterise this straw yellow champagne. Made from a combination of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir this great value champagne offers a fresh fruity grape and pear nose with hints of crusty bread and on the palate it packs a real punch with spiced fruit flavours, that intriguing bready depth and wonderful balance.

 

Veuve Cliquot, White Label Demi Sec – Non-Vintage

Veuve Cliquot is loved around the world for its most popular yellow label champagne but their white label is also more than worth your attention. Incredibly delicious and more than worth it’s price tag, Veuve Cliquot White Label Demi Sec combines sweet fruit flavours with a touch of vanilla and a long, smooth finish. It is produced from a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes.

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Climate Change and English Wine

While we are often told that climate change is bad news for the environment, English winemakers are finding that their businesses are benefiting from the much warmer climate.

 

Global warming has been a great bonus to the English wine industry and helped to breathe new life into an old tradition. Previously, English wine production has struggled because of the country’s cold climate. But climate change has seen an increase in average temperatures during the summer and autumn, which is good news for ripening grapes. The summer is also getting less rain, which helps to contain certain diseases like botrytis cinerea and mildew, which can be devastating to wine crops.

 

The UK is also expected to see a significant rise in average temperatures during winter and spring, which would help to reduce the threat of late frosts ruining crops.

 

The growing popularity of English wines has also led to a huge increase in the number of vineyards popping up across the UK. English vineyards have experienced a growth of around 11% a year over the last decade. In 2013, there were just 1,884 hectares of land used for wine. This is grown to more than 470 vineyards and 135 wineries across the country. If this trend continues like this, then the amount of land used for wine in England and Wales is expected to double over the next seven years.

 

Applications to develop UK vineyards have also risen by more than 40% in the past year. Most of the UK’s winemakers can be found in the southeast of England, Hampshire and in the southwest. However, there has been an increasing number popping up as far north as Yorkshire, thanks to the increasingly warmer weather.

 

As UK temperatures continue to rise, there will be better opportunities for improved quality wines and we may also see new varieties being introduced, offering an exciting future for the English wine industry. However, as temperatures and crops are not always consistent and can greatly vary from year to year, wine producers may find it increasingly difficult to predict the outcome and success of their crops each year. Britain’s white wines are its strongest so far.

 

But at the moment, the future looks promising for English wine production. 2013 saw 4.5m bottles of English wine produced, followed by 6.3m bottles in 2014. Based on these figures, it’s expected that this will double with around 12m bottles of English wine produced per year by 2020.