The Bibury Club's Champagne Stakes was a five furlong horserace and one of the highlights of their annual three day meet held near Stockbridge. Besides collecting the race winnings, the winning owner was obliged to donate three dozen bottles of Champagne to the Bibury Club. Racing came to an end here in 1898, but the association with sparkling wine continues by way of Danebury vineyard's efforts.
The Danebury Estate is located on the former racecourse paddocks and the first vines were planted in 1988. Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Madeleine Angevine and Schonburger cultivars are grown on a 2.8 ha south-facing site, with the viticulture following organic principles. Wines are made solely from the estate's grapes with the Cossack sparkling being made in the traditional method, predominantly from Auxerrois. Total production is ca. 10,000 bottles per annum.
Danebury Vineyards is privately owned and is not open to the public.
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Danebury Cossack sparkling 2008
Pale lemon; apple, citrus nose; dry, sharp acidity, vigorouse mousse, citrus, stone fruit, herbal palate; med length (7 May 2014) Recommended, 84/100