'“I love Peter’s wines for their invigorating sense of poise, zing and refreshment. They are pristine and masterful in their composition and a reflection of the delicacy and deliciousness of truly Great British wine.”
Olly Smith | Wine Writer & Broadcaster
In the early years Breaky Bottom earned a reputation for still Loire-style wines from the Seyval Blanc grape. Now I produce only sparkling wines following the Méthode Champenoise. Seyval Blanc is still the principal variety but now I also grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
I make two cuvées each year and age them in bottle for at least four years. Compared to most wineries, my production is very modest. Less than 10,000 bottles of each cuvée are made. At release, I dedicate every wine to the memory of a close friend or relative and each bottle is numbered. Eight wines are currently available:
2009 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Cuvée Gerard Hoffnung
Gerard was a great family friend, an artist, cartoonist, musician, humourist and broadcaster; a constant visitor to our London home during my childhood.
6,384 bottles produced.
2010 Seyval Blanc
Cuvée Koizumi Yakumo
My great-great uncle Lafcadio Hearn / Koizumi Yakumo (1850-1904) was a brilliant travel writer of Greek/Anglo-Irish parents and is still hugely respected in Japan.
8,301 bottles produced.
2010 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Cuvée Reynolds Stone
Reynolds Stone, the famous wood engraver and letter cutter, was the designer of the original Breaky Bottom label. Reynolds Stone’s work included wood engraving the royal coat of arms for the British Passport, several engravings for five and ten pound notes and the “Dove of Peace” which was commissioned for the “Victory” stamp in 1946.
6,154 bottles produced.
2011 Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
Cuvée Oliver Minkley
This wine is dedicated to the fond memory of Oliver, who died in 2010 at the age of 35. He worked part-time at Breaky Bottom for many years. He had a passion for stand-up comedy and after a day in the vineyard used to try out his new jokes on the sheep. Delightful recollections…
2,600 bottles produced
2013 Seyval Blanc
Cuvée Sir Harry Kroto
Harry Kroto was a dear friend: a brilliant scientist, educator, artist and wine-lover who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996. He lived in Lewes and died in April 2016.
8,868 bottles produced.
2013 Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
Cuvée Cornelis Hendriksen
Dear friend Cornelis Hendriksen was a dynamic doctor, originally from the Netherlands, a traveller worldwide in the Far East and Australia; a collector of ancient artefacts and a caring medic reaching inaccessible places; a real adventurer.
6,743 bottles produced.
2014 Seyval Blanc
Cuvée Peter Christiansen
Peter was Reader in space physics at the University of Sussex, specialising in the study of phenomena such as aurora and magnetic storms, subjects quite foreign to most of us. Highly regarded in his field, we valued his Australian informality and warm friendship.
3,522 bottles produced
2014 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
Cuvée Michelle Moreau
Michelle Moreau was raised in Paris with her sister Jeanne during the German Occupation. She was a vibrant force of Nature who became an intimate friend and part of our ‘chosen family’. A dancer, poet and writer she travelled widely in Europe, Africa and South America.
6,736 bottles produced