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English winery Camel Valley is to release a limited edition series of Methuselahs to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Only six of these bottles will be produced, priced at £299 and holding six litres of the estate’s 2010 sparkling Pinot Noir rosé – two have already been sold.
Customers will be offered a £40 refund for returning the empty bottle.
Camel Valley’s winemaker, Sam Lindo, said that the techinical process had been a new challenge but a fun one.
He said: “They will be filled with our 2010 Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé which came first in the largest blind tasting of English Sparkling Wines in March 2012, organised by Stephen Skelton MW, and judged by other Masters of Wine including Jancis Robinson, and prominent wine traders and writers.
“Our next challenge will be to produce a Nebuchadnezzar which holds 15 litres, and the empty bottle alone will cost us £400. With a capacity of 20 regular bottles that will have to be for one heck of a party.”
Story by Rupert Millar
Courtesy of The Drinks Business