Three Choirs takes on Beaujolais Nouveau

08 November, 2011

English winery Three Choirs Vineyards has produced the first English wine from the 2011 harvest.

Three Choirs New Release was first produced in the early 90s as a patriotic response to Beaujolais Nouveau, and the first bottles will go on sale on November 17 – the third Thursday of the month, traditionally Beaujolais Day.

The white wine is a blend of 70% Madeleine Angevine and 30% Huxelrebe. 

Winemaking director Martin Fowke said: “The early and very ripe harvest this year has produced some incredible flavours and balance, even at this early stage. There has never been a better vintage for this wine, and I am very pleased with the quality in the bottle.”

Fowke and David Morris, from Ancre Hill Vineyard in Monmouthshire, will emulate the Beaujolais Run by taking the wine to France in a 1964 Mini. The trip aims to raise cash for the Henry Surtees Foundation, a charity supporting causes such as head injuries, major trauma, cancer and air ambulance.

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