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A succession of hot summers has been causing havoc on the Continent; the drought depleted 2017 vintage saw the smallest aggregate grape harvest in France since 1945. Conversely, the same weather patterns seem to be benefitting British wine producers who have raised the qualitative bar to a level whereby they offer serious competition to Champagne. A case in point is the 'Smith and Evans Pinot Noir-Chardonnay' from Higher Plot Farm near Langport in Somerset. With uplifting brioche and apple aromas, a lively mousse and a persistent orchard fruit palate, it makes a terrific aperitif or partner to canapés.

Another cracking West Country fizz is Brian Shirley and Jacky Brayton's 'Sparkling Rosé' from Wraxall Vineyard in the south of the Mendip Hills. Made from bottle-fermented Pinot Noir and Seyval Blanc, it has a delicate coral-pink robe, wild strawberry scents and a red fruit palate offset by a fresh acidity.

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  1. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Muscat 2017
    Bottle
    £16.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £201.00
  2. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Gewürztraminer 2018
    Bottle
    £17.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £215.40
  3. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'La Cuvée' 2019
    Bottle
    £13.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £167.40
  4. Smith and Evans: Pinot Chardonnay 2015
    Bottle
    £29.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £359.40
  5. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Vendange Tardive' Gewürztraminer 2017
    Half Bottle
    £25.00
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £600.00
  6. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Gris 2017
    Bottle
    £17.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £210.00
  7. Wraxall Vineyard Sparkling Rosé
    Bottle
    £27.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £335.40
  8. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Riesling 2018
    Bottle
    £16.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £195.00
  9. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Blanc 2018
    Bottle
    £13.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £167.40
  10. Alsace: Léon Beyer Crémant d'Alsace Brut
    Bottle
    £18.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £219.00
    Half Bottle
    £12.95
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £310.80
  11. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' Riesling 2011
    Bottle
    £37.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £450.00
  12. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Noir 2017
    Bottle
    £17.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £210.00
  13. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' Pinot Noir 2015
    Bottle
    £37.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £450.00
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