Davenport Blanc de Blancs Limney Estate 2015

Davenport Blanc de Blancs
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Davenport Blanc de Blancs Limney Estate , English Sparkling Wine, natural wine, organic wine, Champagne style.  Limney Estate Davenport is a beautiful wine made from one of the very few genuinely natural wine makers in The UK. Will Davenport talks artisan and acts artisan and has now been at it for well over 20 years.  Production is small, the organic vineyards don’t always produce good enough fruit to even make the wine.  They won’t make it if the fruit isn’t good so the 2012 white for example simply didn’t happen.  Davenport are committed to quality and the natural way.  They use only the wild yeast and minimal sulphur, generally well under 50mg/l in his wine.  The new Davenport Blanc de Blancs is made from 100% Chardonnay and aged for 5 years on the lees is a gorgeous glass of mature tasting Champagne style wine.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Davenport
Country England
Region Sussex, England
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Champagne and Sparkling Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Chardonnay
Terroir Soil consisting of Sandy Loam & Sandstone, on a west facing slope at 84m above sea level
Alcohol 12%
Maturation 5 years of maturation in the bottle on the lees
Total Sulphur 20 mg/l
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Good, up to 10 years from the vintage
Food Matching Antipasti, On its own, Shellfish

In 1991 Will Davenport planted 2 hectares of vines at Horsmonden in Kent and started unintentionally a life-long business as a wine producer.

Will studied winemaking at Roseworthy Agricultural College in Australia, worked in the London wine trade and has done a variety of stints working in Alsace, California, Australia and the UK before setting up his own winery.

In 2000 he made the decision to convert all the vines and winery to organic systems, certified by the Soil Association. At the time this was seen as a huge risk and he was something of a pioneer in organic wine production in this country.  There are still not many of them as UK climatic conditions, (ie generally quite wet) make organic production more challenging.

Today he has 10.5 hectares planted with 9 different varieties and 8 different bottlings including 4 different Sparklers, a Pet Nat, 2 Pinot Noir and a his classic white blend.

Production is now around 40,000 bottles a year in total in a good vintage and the vines are reaching an age when they are producing very high quality fruit.

The aim has always been to make wine of the highest quality possible and to make wine that is a true expression of their grape varieties, soil and climate. Will believes that the best way to achieve this is by interfering as little as possible and letting nature take its course.  Copper and sulphur are used to control mildew, along with plant extracts made from seaweed, comfrey and nettles. Will himself is something of a nature boy, rough hewn with workers hands and a quiet intelligence. The wines he makes are some of only a few we have tasted that seem to possess a very definite English personality. He seems to be establishing the notion of 'Terroir' in the UK and the wines taste very English (in a good way). 

Will also looks after the rest of the family farm at Rotherfield which includes a small flock of Wiltshire Horn sheep, some bees and a lot of wildlife and woodland.

In 2022 Davenport Vineyards took on the management of a much larger farm, owned by Will's mother. This includes 43 acres of non-organic vineyards and 70 acres of apple orchards. The non-organic grapes are sold to another winery and the plan is to move the management towards being organic over a period of 5 years, giving the established vines and the soil time to adjust.

For us, Davenport wines have always represented a benchmark of style for UK wine.  The classic white blend has that light, fruity, elderflower scented character which has come to be synonymous with English wine and his superb Sparklers always have the delightful citrus freshness which seems to mark them out from Champagne and represent the slightly cooler climate.  Although English wine continues to grow and quality improve, Davenport remains a standard bearer and also continues to represent outstanding value for money against some of the pricier competition.




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  1. John A


    Produced with as much care for the environment as the wine itself – and the wine is very good indeed. Fresh and more-ish, but no shortage of depth and subtlety. Up there with the best sparklers.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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