Champagne v English fizz 2020

Blind tasting of champagne and English sparkling wine at Noble Rot Soho, September 2020

A challenge for English sparkling wine reprised.

Five years ago I took part in a blind comparison of six English sparkling wines and six champagnes, all hand-picked by publishers and restaurateurs, the Noble Rot team. The shock result then was that on the basis of the total scores of 13 tasters, some of them French, England ‘won’, as reported in English fizz trumps champagne in blind tasting.

Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew of Noble Rot decided it would be a good idea to repeat the exercise, this time with a dozen wines from each country. The tasting also nicely...