Chapel Down Three Graces awarded top honour in the USA’s Ultimate Wine Challenge

Chapel Down Three Graces 2010 has been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.  Our sparkling wine received the highest award and 94 points with the judges declaring “this gives many Champagnes a run for their money”.

Now in its seventh year, the Ultimate Wine Challenge is judged by leading figureheads in the U.S. wine industry and is chaired by America’s foremost drinks authorities, Paul Pacult, David Talbot and Sue Woodley.  This is the first time an English sparkling wine has been awarded a trophy at the awards with the judges being particularly impressed by the quality and structure of Three Graces 2010.  Chapel Down Classic Non-Vintage Brut was also hailed as “highly recommended” and awarded 92 points.

Our U.S. launch began in New York in October, receiving widespread interest from media, trade and consumers.  Following the rapid success, distribution has now extended to Massachusetts, Connecticut & Pennsylvania with plans to extend to the West Coast and South of the country later this year.

Working with luxury wine and spirits company, ABCK Corp, we have seen interest from some of the finest restaurants in the US.  Arnaud Brachet, ABCK Corp’s President, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Chapel Down and this latest accolade is another testament to its world-class quality.  The wines are now being served by the glass at leading restaurants in New York, including the Shakespeare at The William Hotel, Jones Wood Foundry and Grand Central Oyster Bar.”

Chapel Down Managing Director, Mark Harvey, said “We have been thrilled by the positive response to English sparkling wine in the U.S. and this prestigious accolade for Chapel Down adds to the sense of opportunity and excitement Stateside. This is only the beginning!”

The USA is one in a growing list of international markets that we export to, with our award-winning wines also available in Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Copenhagen and Helsinki.  Chapel Down is at the forefront of new food and drinks exporters seeking to build our businesses abroad with the support of the UK government.

Judges’ Comments for Chapel Down Three Graces 2010:
Chairman’s Trophy, 94 Points
“Vivid aromas of orange peel, stone fruits, lime flower, warm bread, and honeysuckle rise from the glass. Beautiful fruit is magnified by classic flavours of brioche and brown spice with incredible minerality and structure. This gives many Champagnes a run for their money.”

Judges’ Comments for Chapel Down Classic Non-Vintage Brut:
Highly Recommended, 92 Points
“Delicate aromas of red delicious apple, lemongrass, biscuit dough, toasted walnut, and orange blossom rise from the glass. Lean and filigreed on the palate, crisp apple flavours and citrus marry well with warm brioche and brown spice that lingers on the finish.”