Chapel Down celebrates King Charles’ Coronation with limited-edition sparkling wine - Fruit & Vine

Chapel Down celebrates King Charles’ Coronation with limited-edition sparkling wine

English wine producer Chapel Down has launched a limited-edition sparkling wine to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, with all profits from sales to benefit the Royal British Legion.

Marking the occasion with the release of ‘Chapel Down Coronation Edition 2016’ (12%), the winery joins the nation in celebrating the crowning of Britain’s new monarch. Crafted from the exceptional 2016 vintage, the special edition has a limited supply of just 2,000 bottles, with all profits being donated to Chapel Down’s charity partner, the Royal British Legion.

The celebratory bottle comes with special edition packaging, including a union jack flag design imprinted on the front label and the official coronation logo on the neck label. The wine is a classic blend of the finest parcels of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grown in Kent and has been aged on lees for five and a half years before its release.

Chapel Down head winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire described the wine as displaying “complex aromas of ripe apple, fresh red berries and toasted brioche”, with its richness and complexity making it “perfect for celebrations”.

In the lead up to the Coronation, the limited-edition sparkling wine will be on the menu of some of the country’s finest restaurants, including the two Michelin star The Hand and Flowers and the Oxo Tower Restaurant.

The wine can also be purchased from Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, Hedonism Wines, Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt, as well as directly from Chapel Down’s website. The product will be on sale until the end of the Coronation bank holiday weekend on Monday 8th May 2023.

The producer has also announced that all profits from the sale of the wine (RRP £65.00) will be donated to its charity partner, the Royal British Legion – a charity that is dedicated to supporting the Armed Forces community, and has been long supported by the Royal Family, receiving a Royal Charter from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1971.

As part of marking the Coronation, Chapel Down has also hosted a ‘Coronation Wine Experience’ at their winery estate over the four-day bank holiday weekend. Guests have enjoyed a guided tour of the vineyards and winery, followed by a tutored wine tasting of its award-winning sparkling wines.

Moreover, a portion of profits from every Coronation Wine Experience (RRP £35.00) will also be donated to the Royal British Legion.

Chapel Down chief executive Andrew Carter said: “We are delighted to be marking this great national occasion with the release of a limited edition English sparkling wine and hope that the nation joins us in toasting to His Majesty King Charles on the 8th May.

“Whilst this is a moment for great celebration, it is also a moment of reflection and of giving back to those that protect our great nation. For that reason, we are proud to be donating the profits from the sale of this wine to the Royal British Legion, a charity that supports members of the Armed Forces community and their families.

“We are also running a number of wider fundraising initiatives to support the Royal British Legion,” he added.

Ben France, head of Corporate Partnerships at the Royal British Legion, commented: “We are grateful that Chapel Down will be donating profits from the sale of its Coronation Edition English sparkling wine to the Royal British Legion.

“As the nation comes together to celebrate the crowning of a new monarch, the money raised from this Coronation Edition wine will help the RBL continue its vital work supporting the Armed Forces community throughout their lives.”

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