Langham Wine Estate has won two Gold Medals in the Wine GB Awards, for its Classic Cuvée 2014 and Rosé 2014. The cuvées entered by the Dorset sparkling wine producer were among 230 wines judged in total, fighting off stiff competition to achieve two of the 28 Gold Medals awarded overall.
The judging of the national awards, formally knows as the UK Wine Awards, took place on the 14th and 15th of May at Hotel du Vin, Wimbledon, with an impressive line up of judges from the UK wine industry:
Susie Barrie MW (Chair), Oz Clarke (Co-Chair), Sam Caporn MW (presenter and writer), Rebecca Palmer (Associate Director and Wine Buyer, Corney & Barrow), Philip Tuck MW (Wine Director, Hatch Mansfield), Alex Hunt MW (Buying Director, Berkmann Wine Cellars), Pierpaolo Petrassi MW (Head of Buying, Waitrose Wine at Waitrose), Sue Daniels (Winemaker, Marks & Spencer), Hamish Anderson (Group Buyer, Tate Restaurants), Harry Eyres (Wine writer and contributor to WineGB sponsor Country Life) and David Burlton (Sommelier, Hotel du Vin)
Owner Justin Langham comments on the latest Gold Medals awarded to the sparkling-only producer this year: “It’s such a boost to have both Classic Cuvée 2014 and Rosé 2014 so well-received in such a reputable competition, especially with such a well-respected line up of judges involved. Their glowing comments are testament to the dedication and passion of our small team for producing world-class sparkling wines from our single-vineyard Dorset estate.”
Langham Classic Cuvée 2014 is a blend of the three classic Champagne varieties Chardonnay (50%), Pinot noir (25%) and Pinot meunier (25%). In appearance it has a golden colour with a stream of fine bubbles. The nose has aromas of red apple and brioche giving way to a refreshing palate with luxurious mouthfeel and flavours reminiscent of honeydew melon and poached pear. An elegant acidity brings poise to the palate and provides a mouth-watering finish, and it pairs perfectly with seafood and summer salads – or drinks beautifully on its own.
Langham Rosé 2014, a beautiful salmon pink sparkling cuvée, is a blend of the Estate’s finest Pinot Noir (89%) and Chardonnay (11%). This wine has a fine stream of small bubbles with a rich nose of butter pastry, strawberry and fresh red cherry. The palate is light and refreshing with flavours reminiscent of summer fruit pudding and a complex honeyed richness on the finish. It can be happily enjoyed on its own, with lightly spiced Asian-inspired dishes or with fresh fruit desserts.
These latest awards come hot on the heels of the Gold Classic Cuvée 2014 won in the Sommelier Wine Awards which was announced earlier this month, following the Gold Langham Rosé 2014 won in March’s Independent English Wine Awards (IEWA).
Langham Classic Cuvée 2014 is available from Marks and Spencer at £25.50 or direct from Langham Wine Estate www.langhamwine.co.uk. Rosé 2014 is also available from both M&S or direct from Langham Wine Estate with an RRP of £26.