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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. Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille 'Les Canadells' 2019
    Bottle
    £17.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £215.40
  2. Côtes du Roussillon: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Cuvée Tradition' 2017
    Bottle
    £12.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £155.40
  3. Côtes du Roussillon Villages: Domaine du Clos des Fées 'Vieilles Vignes' Rouge 2016
    Bottle
    £27.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £330.00
  4. Côtes du Roussillon: Agly Brothers 2017
    Bottle
    £22.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £264.00
    Magnum
    £49.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £294.00
  5. Côtes du Roussillon: Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées Rouge 2018
    Bottle
    £15.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £191.40
  6. Smith and Evans: Pinot Chardonnay 2015
    Bottle
    £29.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £359.40
  7. IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Empreinte du Temps' Carignan 2017
    Bottle
    £15.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £183.00
  8. Côtes du Roussillon: Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées Blanc 2018
    Bottle
    £15.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £189.00
  9. Wraxall Vineyard Sparkling Rosé
    Bottle
    £27.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £335.40
  10. IGP Côtes Catalanes: 'Vieilles Vignes' Domaine du Clos des Fées Grenache Blanc 2017
    Bottle
    £25.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £300.00
  11. IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Empreinte du Temps' Grenache Blanc 2017
    Bottle
    £15.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £183.00
  12. Domaine la Tour Vieille: Banyuls Réserva
    Bottle
    £22.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £270.00
  13. Collioure: Domaine La Tour Vieille 'La Pinède' 2018
    Bottle
    £16.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £203.40
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