Recently, a prominent wine writer and Master of Wine proclaimed that our 2015 Chardonnay, Charlotte St, is better than most Chardonnay made in Burgundy. What an accolade! Richard Hemming MW has long been a friend of London Cru and has tasted each vintage since the inaugural release in 2013. This year, he popped round especially to taste the first releases from 2015…and has declared this year's vintage as a ‘breakthrough’.

A breakthrough

Writing up his visit on his blog, Hemming said:

“The quality of this wine is not just the best they’ve produced but – and this is the really important point – significantly better than most of the Chardonnay made in situ. In fact, it’s a whole lot better than Chardonnay made from a whole host of places, and it even has the intrinsic quality and complexity to challenge famous names from Burgundy”

Our winemaker, Gavin Monery, said:

"It's wonderful to hear that someone loves our wines, all the more so when they taste as widely as Richard does. When I first saw this vineyard I knew we could make something special, so to hear the wine described as 'a must try for lovers of sophisticated Chardonnay' is just fantastic. We'll continue working closely with our growers across Europe so we can keep making world class wine right here in London."

Hemming also praised London Cru's new Albariño, Albemarle St.

The wine

Charlotte St is made in London with grapes from prime south facing vineyards on limestone soil in Limoux, south of France. The wine, which is made with minimum intervention, spent an additional eight months maturing in 100% oak barrels before being bottled in May this year.

Charlotte St 2015 will be available from November. The 2014 Chardonnay is also drinking fantastically now and is available to buy for immediate delivery.