Ambriel

Ambriel is a family-run wine estate founded by Wendy and Charles Outhwaite in the South Downs, producing English sparkling wines by the traditional method.

About

We first visited Ambriel on one of those glorious May days when spring flirts with summer, warm gentle breezes are heady with new-mown grass and spring blossom, and the English dare to dream that this glorious cloudless sky and hazy golden light might magically last forever. The sunny, south-facing vineyards are planted entirely to the champagne grape varieties: chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Yet, while Ambriel’s wines have all the classic style and substance of their French counterparts, they are also emphatically, unapologetically, dare I say it almost nostalgically, English: all strawberries and cream, succulent orchard fruit and heady with scent - a garden party in a glass.

Small in scale, high in ambition, Ambriel sets the quality bar high. Its four-strong range spans a variety of styles: the Classic Cuvée (a Brut NV blend of the three champagne varieties), a Blanc de Blancs, Rosé and a slightly sweeter Demi-Sec (‘English Reserve’), however the wines share a clear DNA with their combination of succulent orchard fruit/berry characters, fine persistent bubbles, biscuity autolytics and vivid acidities, softened by extended ageing.

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It is thought that the Romans first introduced vines to England, however due to a combination of poor climate and the strong trading links with France and Italy (leading to a ready supply of wine), wine-making never really took off. Fast forward a few centuries and wine making is now a burgeoning industry because of improved wine making techniques and climate change.
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