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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Sedlescombe Vineyard @Millésime Bio

The Sedlescombe team L-R: Thomas Tabor, Justine Cottenceau,
 Irma and Roy Cook 

Roy Cook 

2016 is the first time that Roy and Irma Cook have had enough stock to make the journey to Montpellier worthwhile to show their wines. Sedlescombe Vineyard in Sussex was established in 1979 when Roy and Irma planted 2000 vines on 1.5 acres. They now have over 20 acres (8 hectares) – six of these are at Bodiam Castle. 

The Cooks got organic certification from the Soil Association in 1982 and in 2010, after long consideration, moved to being biodynamic and are certified by Demeter. After Montpellier the Cook equipe will meander and potter their way up to the Loire Valley. Here they will be one of the exhibitors at the Demeter Salon that will be at the Parc des Expositions at the same time as the salon des Vins de Loire and La Levée de la Loire

I tasted their range – 2013 sparkling (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), white, rosé and red. I liked the clean, fresh, easy drinking 2014 Orion – a white disease resistant variety. Also the vibrant sparkling wine, which is nicely austere in the finish, and the easy drinking red 2014 Corýmbus – a blend of Rondo, Regent and Dornfelder.        

Irma Cook

 Justine Cottenceau originally from Angers 

Thomas Tabor


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