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. At release, I dedicate every wine to the memory of a close friend or relative. Five 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.