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22 April, 2016

Nyetimber triumphs in blind tasting

Nyetimber has once again triumphed in a blind tasting, producing remarkable results at a recent Champagne and English sparkling wine degustation in Paris.

Conducted by wine journalist Matthew Jukes and supported by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), the blind tasting was held at Juveniles restaurant (49 Rue Richelieu 1er) on 19th April.

The newly released Nyetimber Blancs de Blancs 2009 was tasted alongside NV Billecart-Salmon Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs. 13 of the 14 panel members thought that Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs was Champagne, showing the truly exceptional quality of Nyetimber and English sparkling wine.

Quoted in The Telegraph, Matthew Jukes reacted to the outstanding results of the tasting: “We couldn’t have expected the tasting to go so well. In all my years writing about wine, I never would have believed that top French palates would take English sparkling wine for Champagne – it really is immensely exciting.”

Eric Heerema, Owner and CEO of Nyetimber comments: “I am incredibly proud that our newly released Blanc de Blancs 2009 enjoyed such a positive reception at the tasting in Paris. Our ambition at Nyetimber has always been to make one of the finest sparkling wines in the world, one to rival the very best, including Champagne. Such encouraging results are a real testament to the expertise, dedication and perseverance of our team. This is a great day for English Sparkling wine, and demonstrates once again that these wines rightfully belong on the world stage.”

three bottles of wine in a horizontal line

To read the full article by Matthew Jukes, visit:

“A stunning day in Paris leaves me reeling with excitement – English Sparkling makes its mark”

To read press coverage of the Paris blind tasting, visit:

The Telegraph: “English sparkling wine beats champagne in Paris blind tasting”

The Times: “Pop a cork…Paris restaurateurs prefer English fizz to champagne”

The Daily Mail: “Champagne sparkling wine test experts”

Photo credit: Christopher Pledger, The Telegraph



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