Wine merchant Boutinot is shaking up its game, purchasing Henners Vineyards in East Sussex and bringing its winemaking experience to English shores.
A key Boutinot partner since its first vintage release in 2012, the Henners estate, just four miles from the coast, has 10 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines on sandstone soils at 24 metres above sea level. The estate was established in 2007 by Formula One engineer Lawrence Warr.
The current range is made up of three traditional method cuvées – a Vintage, Vintage Reserve and Rosé NV – all of which were available through Boutinot for the last five years.
Producing its own wines in France since 1989, with South Africa making an appearance in 1994 and Italy in 2003, Boutinot is no newbie winemaker.
‘We are a business which is passionate about wine and wants to get under the skin of everywhere we’re working, and it’s why we’ve jumped at the chance to see what we can do on our own doorstep,’ said Boutinot managing director, Dennis Whiteley.
‘We’ve worked with Lawrence for over five years, so we know what a perfect fit the Boutinot and Henners philosophies are, and we cannot wait to dig deep into the potential that we know is there for English wine.’