Working with Hatch Mansfield and private investors, the team has purchased 69 hectares of farmland at Stone Stile Farm in Kent, forty hectares of which will be planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines to produce premium English Sparkling Wines.
President of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, said: “We have dreamt for a number of years of working with our dear friends in the UK to create a special Franco/British project. Built on the values of friendship, this venture will create something special to show our appreciation of the UK support for Champagne – it is Champagne Taittinger’s number one export market. We are very excited that this dream is now becoming a reality.
“We believe we can produce a high quality English Sparkling Wine drawing on our 80 years of winemaking expertise. Our aim is to make something of real excellence in the UK’s increasingly temperate climate, and not to compare it with Champagne or any other sparkling wine.”
A former orchard, the Domaine Evremond land is near Chilham in Kent, close to Canterbury and Faversham. Master of Wine Stephen Skelton MW, one of the UK's leading viticulture consultants, has worked as viticultural advisor for the team to secure this ideal plot for vineyard development.
The chosen plot is a maximum of 80 metres above sea level with chalk soil and south-facing slopes: described as an ideal terroir to plant and grow high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines.