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It is my good fortune to have had a French/Italian mother and a French grandfather. Alex Mercier was a great restaurateur in Soho (Le Petit Savoyard) even before the First World War.Peter Hall
It was perhaps inevitable that I should develop a deep interest in good wines (and food) since childhood.
Breaky Bottom sits in a beautiful secluded fold in the chalk Downs at the end of a 1 ½ mile farm track – wonderfully remote; and with free-draining chalk soils, an ideal site for the production of stylish fizz.
Peter Hall planted the vineyard at Breaky Bottom in 1974 making still dry Loire-style wines and started producing sparkling wines 20 years ago.
I have a passion for fine music and some 35 years ago - when I was young and energetic (and foolish) – we staged summer operas and concerts in the barn, removing the 5000 litre wine tanks after bottling and making a stage and a steeply-raked auditorium with straw bales.Peter Hall
Nigel Kennedy was among many fine musicians who performed at BB – great days!
Breaky Bottom's 40th anniversary last year was celebrated with its very own Seyval Blanc 2010 'Cuvée Koizumi Yakumo', a gold medal winner in 2014 International Wine Challenge.
Peter feels privileged to live in such a beautiful place but (with some modesty) leaves it to Oz Clarke to express his seduction.