Sussex winery Ambriel has just released its 2010 Blanc de Blancs. The traditional method English Sparkling wine, which has been crafted from hand-selected Chardonnay grapes, is aimed at independent wine merchants and the on-trade, and it is priced around £36 per bottle. Around 6,000 bottles are available.

Ambriel is a family-owned estate and the vineyard was planted in 2008, after a five-year search for the perfect site by owners Charles and Wendy Outhwaite QC, a former barrister. The pair manage the day-to-day running of the estate and control the entire winemaking process and they are about to embark on their eighth consecutive vintage.

Wendy Outhwaite QC said: “The Ambriel Sparkling wines are made entirely from our own production and we don’t vinify for any other winery. Our key winemaking philosophies are: vinification by clone; blind blending with a ‘palate not wallet’ approach; fermentation and ageing of Chardonnay in aged white Burgundy barrels; and finally, a good backbone of acidity, achieved via maximum lees ageing rather than malolactic fermentation or de-acidification.”

Charles Outhwaite said: “We are finally ready to release the 2010 Blanc de Blancs and are especially excited to be launching our first ‘vintaged’ wine, just in time for Christmas. This wine has a restrained dosage of just 6g, as we feel over-sweetening during dosage to mask acidity may upset the balance of the wine.”