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Sitting on the same grape-friendly chalk seam that runs from the wine-growing regions of northern France, up through Sussex and into Essex, Saffron Walden’s vineyard, Saffron Grange, has just popped the cork on a trio of sparkling wines.

Spanning 15 acres, home to Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc and Pinot Meunier, Noir and Gris grapes, Saffron Grange is described as “a real labour of love” for the Edwards family, who’ve spent a decade perfecting their vines, terroir and techniques.

The three premium-quality sparklers are the result: the Classic Cuvee, a Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier blend said to be well balanced on the palate with notes of strawberries and cream; the 100% Seyval Blanc, with its toasty nose, lemony purity and a firm, crisp finish; and a delicate, salmon-pink Sparkling Rose, which pairs ripe, red berry flavours with a crisp, refreshing acidity.

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All of which sound ideal if you’re planning to raise a glass of something sparkling over the festive season.

Priced from £27 for a bottle of Seyval Blanc. Visit saffrongrange.com for more information and to shop.



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