Rathfinny 2017 Classic Cuvée


Rathfinny 2017 Classic Cuvée is the second vintage of our classic, house-style Sussex Sparkling, made in the traditional method from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes grown and hand-harvested on the Rathfinny Wine Estate.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer a gift box with this product at present.


Introducing Rathfinny 2017 Classic Cuvée

Our bestselling Classic Cuvée has a striking gold neck wrap that sparkles with celebration and represents ‘Rathfinny in a glass’. This vintage, made in the Traditional Method, is a blend of 65% Pinot Noir, 18% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Meunier, aged for 36-months in the bottle.

Tasting Note

This sparkling is light ochre in colour with a vibrant nose of red heirloom apples and baby ginger, giving way to a rich mousse of Mirabelle plums and orange sherbet with a bright, pomelo finish.

View the tasting notes.

Food Match

Rathfinny 2017 Classic Cuvée is as food-friendly as the previous vintage. Our Brand Ambassador, Rob Buckhaven, suggests this wine is a stunning accompaniment to the earthy herbaceous notes of tarragon and wild mushrooms or with the gamey flavours of venison carpaccio.


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 vineyard 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.

2017 Classic Cuvee Food and Wine Pairing with Cheese Board

Critical Praise for Rathfinny 2017 Classic Cuvée

“Exceptional sparkling wine.” Will Lyons, The Times

“Honeyed with a really exuberant mousse, the newly released 2017 Rathfinny Classic Cuvée begins with upfront raspberry, apricot and strawberry ripple ice cream flavours partnered by cooked apple acidity and suggestions of blood orange with plum skin savouriness and floral aromatics too” Brian Elliot, Mid-Week Wines

“The Brut 2017 is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay and has a quintessentially English note of tangy apple skin and lightly baked brioche. Lovely chalky texture too.” Helena Nicklin, The Three Drinkers

Release Date

May 2021


65% Pinot Noir, 18% Chardonnay, 17% Pinot Meunier

Lees Ageing

36 months


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







Malolactic Fermentation


Fining Agent




Single & Case Options

75cl Bottle No Gift Box, 75cl Bottle With Gift Box, Sussex Sparkling Case (6 x 75cl), Sussex Sparkling Half Case (3 x 75cl)

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