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Nyetimber's vineyard in West Chiltington.

English sparkling wine was on Wednesday toasting a spectacular victory over the French version – as an elite group of Parisian experts said it was better than champagne.

A team from Britain’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association travelled across the Channel and invited some of the biggest names in the Gallic restaurant and bar trade to a blind tasting.

Many were convinced that some of the UK-produced fizz was from their own country, and in most cases they preferred it to champagne.