Quotes

Ridgeview have been very privileged to be reviewed by some of the best critics in the wine trade. Here are some of the things they have to say about our wines:

"If you want to see what all the sparkling wine fuss is about, crack open Bloomsbury whose clean, appley, nutty, lemony palate is summer in a glass"
Jane MacQuitty



“Very fine fizz, worth every penny. It’s decidedly champagne-like, with a rich, creamy texture, good depth of flavour, and crisp, tiny bubbles." 
Suzy Atkins



“Here’s one of England’s finest fizzes, with lovely freshness, lemony acidity and a bit of toasty richness. Quite complex and brilliantly balanced, this would convert any sceptic.” 
Jamie Goode  



“… Today’s king of fizz is Mike Roberts of RidgeView Estate.”
Anthony Rose



“If the Champenois get to taste this .. they will be booking their seats on the Eurostar.”
Tim Atkin 


“Wonderful wine, everything you could wish for in a really exciting Champagne.”
Oz Clarke



"England’s vinous glory: fizz made in the image of champagne. Alluring and zesty – a sort of rustic Bollinger." 
Jancis Robinson


 

For further reviews on specific wines please click on the following links:

Bloomsbury

bloomsbury reviews

"If you haven't yet tasted English sparkling wine grab a bottle of this stuff and marvel. This is a terrific example which offers world class elegance, finesse and quality - vintage sparkling wine at an unbeatable price. Lively and lovely."
Olly Smith

"Fine medium yellow. Bready/white flavour - quite classic "Champagne". Good and clean. Natural acidity. Broad yet balanced fruit. Good origin."
Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine

"This wine shows restrained citrus/stone fruit, toast and honey on the nose. Meanwhile the palate is full and rich, with plenty of bright bubbles and a long dry finish. Firm acidity and lovely fruit should see it unwind into a rich, honeyed example over the next decade."
Matt Skinner, The Juice

"This cuvée from RidgeView is looking good. The fruit is good strong baked apple peel – Bramleys, I should say – and there’s honey and yeast there is support. Serious, lean, but good."
Oz Clarke, 250 Best Wines Wine Buying Guide

"If you want to see what all the sparkling wine fuss is about, crack open the RidgeView Merret Bloomsbury whose clean, appley, nutty, lemony palate is summer in a glass."
Jane MacQuitty, The Saturday Times

Cavendish

cavendish reviews

“English sparkling wine proves that it’s a match for anything but the very best (and most expensive) Champagnes. In fact, we did a blind tasting of our own pitching the RidgeView Cavendish against Veuve-Clicquot NV, and three quarters of us preferred the former"
Tim Atkin, The Guardian

“Turn your attention to the delights of English Fizz, such as Ridgeview's fine Cuvée Merret Cavendish, whose creamy full-flavoured mousse and energisingly tangy acidity tastes as good as the real thing."
Anthony Rose, The Independent

“This is brilliant stuff....One to serve to those who haven’t yet woken up to the English sparkling wine revolution”.
Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

“Here’s one of England’s finest fizzes, with lovely freshness, lemony acidity and a bit of toasty richness. Quite complex and brilliantly balanced, this would convert any sceptic.”
Jamie Goode, Daily Express

“Comparatively inexpensive for an English fizz, especially from such a good producer, this pinot meunier-dominated blend is crisp, forward and refreshing.”
Tim Atkin, The Times

Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia (rosé) Reviews

“Delicious balance of all the elements – fruit, acidity, and flavour – bound up in a gentle mouth-filling mousse. Sparkling wine for enjoying!"
Stephen Skelton MW

Tom Stevenson “It is not only for enjoying now – it has the capacity to retain its freshness for at least 18-24 months, during which it will get silkier and silkier."
Tom Stevenson Wine Report 2005

"Without a doubt, RidgeView produces some of England’s finest fizz. The Fitzrovia is a salmon-coloured, raspberry-laden beauty with a ripe, round, forward, classically styled appeal."
Wine International

“This stunning pink sparkling wine is one for the garden on a summer’s day, with strawberries and cream."
The Independent, Ten Best British Wines

Grosvenor

Grosvenor (blanc de blancs) Reviews

“Lemony, floral nose which is elegant, discreet, biscuit and youthful. Refined and refreshing on the palate, with lemon rind, vivacious acidity, minerality, precision of flavour and plenty of elan. Stunning’
Steven Spurrier, Decanter 2010

RidgeView Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2006 – “..which is so good I reckon it rivals decent vintage Champagne"
Olly Smith , The Saturday Mail Live Magazine

“The pick of the bunch, a 100% Chardonnay that shows classic aromas of fresh-baked bread, citrus and white flowers. The acidity is incisive, but pleasantly balanced by the depth of the fruit and the dosage. The finish ends on a long note of pithy white grapefruit."
Natasha Hughes, Harpers Wine & Spirit

“Fresh, bready notes. beautiful sweetness and balance. Fresh, classy and long”
IWC Judging Panel 2010

“Cream, brioche, apple crumble, lemon sherbet, a little flint character. Pin-cushion mousse, really soft and refined with good core concentration and very lengthy finish. Light grassy herbaceous tones add a little complexity, and this has good potential for some years in bottle.”
Jancis Robinson

Wow!  One of the stand-out wines at the recent English Wine Producers Trade & Press Tasting.  So much zing, so much complexity, I'm thrilled this is grown and made in Sussex.  It's stellar fizz with brisk citrus flavours and world-class complexity."
Olly Smith 

Knightsbridge

knightsbridge (blanc de noirs) reviews

Ridgeview Knightsbridge: The use of a swanky London postcode doesn't seem out of place here, because this is one of the best sparkling wines in England: a rich, toasty, complex blend of pinot noir and pinot meunier with a dry, almost savoury finish. Delicious. "
Tim Atkin , The Times

"Ridgeview, Knightsbridge Merret Blanc de Noir Brut 2006 England; England’s vinous glory: fizz made in the image of champagne. Alluring and zesty – a sort of rustic Bollinger."
Jancis Robinson, Financial Times

“Lovely golden yellow colour, bright, with an abundance of fine bubbles that form a nice persistent cordon. Open and pleasant on the nose, with a palette of fruity aromas (apple, dried apricot, fig) and buttery notes. Clean and crisp in the mouth, with silky effervescent around some full, round, well balanced body. Buttery and fruity flavours with good length. Harmonious overall."
Effervescents du Monde

"RidgeView Knightsbridge 2006 – “Top Class! Mid-gold, persistent bubbles. Excellent ‘classic’ nose with nuts and digestive biscuits. Rich fruit beautifully balanced with crisp acidity. Creamy texture, elegant with excellent length. Superb!”
English & Welsh Wine of the Year

“Rich brioche nose, stewed apple fruit with a pinch of sweet spice seasoning. Smooth mouthfeel and a little pepperiness with classic green apple fruit and a harmonious, impressive length.”
Jancis Robinson

Magnum

Ridgeview Magnum reviews

“I drunk this particular wine on Christmas Day 2010 and was in no doubt it was one of the finest sparkling wines I had ever drunk. It certainly has to be a contender for the best English wine ever made - and competition is pretty tough these days!”
Richard Bampfield MW

“The 2001 RidgeView Grosvenor Magnum Blanc de Blancs is without doubt one of the finest, if not THE finest, UK sparkling wines yet produced. It has a superb lemon-infused brioche nose, on the palate it is full, with superb, mouth cleansing, tingling acidity. Pure pleasure on the palate.”
Stephen Skelton MW





PRESS AND MEDIA ARTICLES

Ridgeview are regularly featured in press and media articles both Nationally and Internationally. Please see our Press Articles page for recent articles that have featured us and English Wine.

 

"Would I admit to my French friends (who make such glorious wine) how often I drink English these days? Yes. Proudly."

Hugh Johnson

" Here’s one of England’s finest fizzes, with lovely freshness, lemony acidity and a bit of toasty richness. Quite complex and brilliantly balanced, this would convert any sceptic."

Jamie Goode

"… Today’s king of fizz is Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate."

Anthony Rose

"England's vinous glory: fizz made in the image of champagne.  Alluring and zesty - a sort of rustic Bollinger."

Jancis Robinson

"If the Champenois get to taste this ...They will be booking their seats on the Eurostar."

Tim Atkin

"Thank you for a wonderful visit and a sensational tasting. I greatly enjoyed visiting Ridgeview and tasting your delicious wines.  Many congratulations for your great work."

Gerard Basset