In a nutshell: An elegant English sparkling wine grown and made in the Sussex Weald.
The lowdown: When putting his Classic Cuvée together, winemaker Jeremy Cook decided to not to try and imitate Champagne but to let his grapes speak for themselves. The blend is chardonnay dominant and underpinned by the red fruit character of Pinots Noir and Meunier. The result is a very English wine - there are fragrant, floral notes of elderflower, orange blossom and a hint of spice on the nose which leads to zesty notes of mandarin, pink grapefruit and pear on the palate. Creating a juicy, lingering finish.
When to drink: The toasty notes and richness make it a good match to things like smoked fish, chicken and game dishes.
Not far from the southern end of the heritage steam railway of the same name, near Sheffield Park in East Sussex sit Bluebell Vineyard Estates one of the growing number of premium English Sparkling Wine producers.
Established in 2005 on the site of a former pig farm they now have more than 25 hectares of vines, a mix of Chardonnay, Pinots Noir and Meunier and a small amount of Seyval Blanc, straddling the East and West Sussex county boundary.
Since their first release in 2007 their wines have garnered critical acclaim and prizes at several prestigious wine competitions.