The Wine

Black Dog Hill Vineyard Sparkling Classic Cuvee wines are a classic blend of all three Champagne grape varieties from their own Vineyard nestled beneath Black Dog hill in the South Downs National Park.

We use Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, selected to produce a wine with the acidity and fruit characteristics of a classic sparkling wine.

Only using our own grapes means we and our winemaker Dermot Sugrue have complete control evidenced by the multiple awards achieved by our first vintage.

Vintage 2011

VINTAGE 2011

The result of the brilliantly warm Indian summer of 2011, our first vintage is a classic blend of all three Champagne grape varieties.

VINTAGE 2011, Classic Cuvee

The result of the brilliantly warm Indian summer of 2011, our first vintage is a classic blend of all three Champagne grape varieties. Disgorged in March 2015 after 33 months on lees, this perfectly aged, classically styled sparkling wine is rich, ripe with Pinot fruit very much to the fore. This is combined with a crisp, vivid acidity which balances a core of fine pear and citrus. The finish is characterised by persistent, yeast-complexed fruit reminiscent of hazelnut and brioche. The well integrated dosage suggests a wine with an impressive ability to age, particularly as the Chardonnay component of this blend is still in an early phase.


Vintage 2011

VINTAGE 2013

The result of the brilliantly warm Indian summer of 2011, our first vintage is a classic blend of all three Champagne grape varieties.

VINTAGE 2013, Classic Cuvee

Pale lemon in colour, the 2013 Black Dog Hill Classic Cuvée has great intensity of fresh limes, gooseberry jam, red apple and fragrant white flowers married to a subtle biscuity complexity. On the palate it has laser-like precision with great drive and a mouthwatering, lingering finish which keeps you coming back for more. Whilst beautiful now, it will continue to gain in complexity for anywhere up to 10-15 years.


Vintage 2013

VINTAGE 2014

Eagerly anticipated follow up to the award winning 2013. This is another classic cuvee to savour.

VINTAGE 2014, Classic Cuvee

Pale gold in colour with a pristine lemon/lime top note. Elderflower, apple blossom and grapefruit all mingle beautifully with the autolytic aromas of biscuit and brioche.


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