Rathfinny 2017 Blanc de Blancs


Rathfinny 2017 Blanc de Blancs is the third vintage of our elegant Sussex Sparkling, produced from Chardonnay grapes grown and hand-harvested on the Rathfinny Wine Estate. This is a limited production of only 9,333 bottles.

There will always be a limited production of our premium vintage Blanc de Blancs as we source the best grapes from across the Vineyard to blend these wines. As a result, all customers are limited to a maximum of three bottles each.

Gift boxes available on 75cl single bottles of Sussex Sparkling for extra special presentation. Additional £2.50 charge.


Introducing Rathfinny 2017 Blanc de Blancs

Our Blanc de Blancs has made a name for itself among the most discerning wine writers, with one eminent critic, Jamie Goode, naming it “One of England’s finest”. Now on our third vintage, the Rathfinny 2017 Blanc de Blancs is elegant and sophisticated, made from 100% Chardonnay and aged for 36-months on its lees.

Tasting Note

A luminous, flaxen-gold hue leads to a heady nose of ripe papaya and creamy lemon balm, a refined beading of white peach and fennel pollen with a silken, yuzu zest finish.

Food Match

This refined sparkling wine meshes sublimely with the sweet delicacy of butter-braised lobster, with the velvet-texture of a goats cheese and fig tartlet or pairs perfectly with oysters.

Seafood at Home


Every Rathfinny Sussex Sparkling offers you a chance to sip upon a memory of a unique vintage that can never be replicated.

2017 sparkling wines are in relatively short supply due to a harmful late spring frost that impacted most of northern Europe that year. However, the south-facing aspect and proximity to the coast of Rathfinny’s vineyards protected us greatly.

Following an early budburst, the grapes benefitted from a long ripening period and a phenomenal Indian summer. An unseasonably warm September produced fantastic ripe fruit, with great flavours, balanced acidity and sugar levels.

View the tasting notes.

Critical Praise for the 2017 Blanc de Blancs

“This is a really precise, tight Chardonnay with linear citrus fruit, high but well integrated acidity and some richer notes of apple and nectarine and just a touch of some herbs. It is all about the fruit at the moment: there’s a tiny bit of bready autolytic character hanging in the background, and it finishes with lovely crystalline citrus fruit. 93/100.” Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

“A serious wine that’s light on its feet, giving any blanc de blanc Champagne a run for its money.” Helena Nicklin, The Three Drinkers

Release Date

May 2021


100% Chardonnay

Lees Ageing

36 months


Inoculated with commercial yeast, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16°C







Malolactic Fermentation


Fining Agent




Single & Case Options

2x 75cl Bottles, 3x 75cl Bottles, 75cl Bottle No Gift Box, 75cl Bottle With Gift Box

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