CUVÉES

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:

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.