The Saffron Grange Classic Cuvee, from the spectacular 2018 vintage, is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier. This wine has been made in the traditional method and aged for 24 months on the lees. Therefore, you can expect the same flavours and quality as your favourite bottle of Champagne – but from Essex!
This wine displays notes of freshly picked white flowers, orange peel and brioche on the nose. The palate has hints of raspberries and baked apple leading to a long-lasting complex and refined finish. This will undoubtedly become a new favourite in your home.
The Saffron Grange Classic Cuvee is just one of the wines from the Saffron Grange vineyard. Want to see the whole Saffron Grange range? Click here.
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About the vineyard
On discovering the gentle, South-facing slopes just outside the market town of Saffron Walden, Paul Edwards, owner of Saffron Grange, worked with specialist consultants to analyse the soil.
This work revealed the land, when combined with the unique climate and topography of the region, was perfectly suited to growing grapes for truly premium quality sparkling wines.
The vineyard sits on the same chalk seam that runs all the way from Northern France’s renowned wine regions, up through Sussex and into Essex.
100 million years ago, the land was deeply submerged by tropical seawater teaming with macroscopic, calcareous algae and shellfish from which decaying fragments very slowly deposited to create a deep, porous chalk bed. In more recent times a thin overlying clay-loam soil developed on the surface which just covers the flinty, upper chalk.
This rare soil formation perfectly combines with the unique climate in this little pocket of England to create excellent conditions to grow grapes.
In wet weather it provides excellent drainage, whilst holding enough moisture during the dry season to encourage the grapes’ flavour development ahead of harvest.
Centuries ago, fields upon fields of crocuses grew across Essex and Suffolk, making Saffron Walden a global centre for Saffron production.
Today, the same unique soil that enabled the crocus to flourish here is the key to growing the highest quality grapes that make Saffron Grange’s range of premium sparkling wines.
It is Paul’s vision that Saffron Grange will help revive this valuable land for generations to come.
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