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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. Monbazillac: Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure 2018
    Bottle
    £15.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £191.40
    Half Bottle
    £9.75
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £234.00
  2. Domaine Gardrat: Vin de Pays Charentais Sauvignon 2019
    Bottle
    £11.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £135.00
  3. Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Colombard - Ugni Blanc 2019
    Bottle
    £10.60
    Bottle (Case)
    £127.20
  4. Jurançon Sec: Domaine Bellegarde 'Énergique' 2018
    Bottle
    £14.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £171.00
  5. Smith and Evans: Pinot Chardonnay 2015
    Bottle
    £29.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £359.40
  6. Bergerac: Domaine l'Ancienne Cure 'Jour de Fruit' Blanc Sec 2019
    Bottle
    £13.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £159.00
  7. Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Rosé 2019
    Bottle
    £10.60
    Bottle (Case)
    £127.20
  8. Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria Rosé 2017
    Bottle
    £14.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £179.40
  9. Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Merlot 2018
    Bottle
    £11.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £135.00
  10. Wraxall Vineyard Sparkling Rosé
    Bottle
    £27.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £335.40
  11. Jurançon Moelleux: Domaine Bellegarde 'Cuveé Thibault' 2016
    Bottle
    £21.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £263.40
  12. Jurançon Moelleux: Domaine Bellegarde 'Historique' 2016
    Bottle
    £16.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £201.00
    Half Bottle
    £9.70
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £232.80
  13. Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria Blanc 2014
    Bottle
    £22.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £275.40
  14. Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria Rouge 2015
    Bottle
    £19.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £239.40
  15. Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Merlot - Cabernet Franc 2018
    Bottle
    £10.60
    Bottle (Case)
    £127.20
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