This year, Queen Elizabeth became the first monarch to celebrate 70 years of service. The Platinum Jubilee was an all-out celebration that lasted an entire week, and events commemorating such a special occasion took place all around the UK.
Queen Elizabeth is 96, but she’s still in for a party. And what’s a party without wine? Learn all about Gusbourne Estate, the English fizz chosen to be the official wine of the memorable Platinum Jubilee. This is no ordinary wine — it’s fit for a queen! This is what you need to know.
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What is the Platinum Jubilee?
First things first. What is the Platinum Jubilee? Queen Elizabeth is the first English monarch to serve for 70 years as head of the royal family. The massive party comes with a parade, a regal balcony appearance, and dinner parties. This is the most important royal event of the year, and they have spared no expenses.
This is not the Queen’s first celebration. She hosted her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The entire country stops to commemorate the Queen’s 70s anniversary, as this is a national holiday where everyone, and not only her majesty, is expected to have a good time.
Of course, a party without sparkling wine is just a reunion, and the royal family knows it. That’s why they partnered with Gusbourne Estate to provide the bubbles. This is one of the most renowned British wineries, and they’re gaining recognition in the country and abroad for their fine fizz.
Andrew Weeber founded Gusbourne Estate with 90 hectares of vines in Kent and Sussex. Here, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier feel right at home, as the region’s calcareous soils are not dissimilar to the ones found in Champagne. That means the area is ideal for making premium sparkling wine, and Gusbourne Estate does just that.
The winery’s Vintage Brut Reserve and Blanc e Blancs have earned the respect of wine lovers and connoisseurs alike, and they have the medals to prove it. Of course, the winery released a special wine for an occasion like the Platinum Jubilee.
Gusbourne’s English Fizz
Gusbourne’s sparkling wine made it into the select group of beverages to be served during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, along with prestigious Bordeaux, Port, Tokaji and a Highland single malt.
They made the English sparkling wine with 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier; it shows a golden color and aromas reminiscent of honeyed citrus fruit, peaches and brown spices. Although not much is known about this wine, we know some or all of it spent time in oak barrels, and it’s unquestionably made with the estate’s finest grapes grown in Kent. What a wine!
The partnership between the Royal Household and Gusbourne reveals that the world is ready to consider English sparkling wine amongst the best globally rivalling regions like Champagne and Yarra Valley.
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