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    Closures Debate: what do you want to put in a bottle of wine?

    Outside of the natural wine debate is there a more contentious issue than the one that surrounds the type of closure you have in your bottle of wine? To assess what leading on-trade buyers and sommeliers now think about closures we teamed up with Vinventions, one of the biggest suppliers of all types of closure from cork to screwcap, to make the issue of closures the latest topic in our Buyer Debate series.

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    The Buyer’s Case with Cave de Vignerons de Saint-Chinian wines

    The Buyer has been set up to help drinks producers and leading on-trade buyers better understand their needs and where possible work closer together. This is best demonstrated by The Buyer’s Case initiative where we link up with a wine producer or importer and ask leading buyers to taste, assess and offer professional feedback on their wines. Here we turn to the Languedoc-Roussillon and present wines from leading producer, Cave de Vignerons de Saint-Chinian to leading on-trade decision makers.


    The French debate: putting France under the spotlight with Foncalieu

    France might be the best selling country in the UK on-trade, but that does not mean it could not sell. To help better understand the opportunities and challenges facing French wine in the premium on-trade, The Buyer linked up with Les Vignobles Foncalieu and leading buyers from the different types of operator, including high end restaurants, independent wine merchants and national wholesalers all working the French category in the north west of the country.

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    New Zealand Debate: the opportunities and challenges

    New Zealand’s enormous success in the UK off-trade, where its Sauvignon Blanc has created a category of its own, has not always been reflected in how many of its wines are on premium on-trade wine lists. The Buyer teamed up with Villa Maria, and its UK partners, Hatch Mansfield, to ask a panel of leading UK buyers to set out the challenges and opportunities for New Zealand in the premium on-trade

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    The Buyer’s Case with Les Vignerons Foncalieu

    The Buyer’s Case is a new initiative that gives producers the chance to show specific drinks to key buyers in target channels of the on-trade. For our first Buyer’s Case we teamed up with Les Vignerons Foncalieu and selected key buyers in its main distribution areas in the UK on-trade to show their wines. Here are the results.

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    Virginia Wine Project: bringing producers and buyers together

    The Buyer teamed up with Virginia Wine and some of its key producers to help them better understand the needs of the UK premium on-trade and how buyers might relate to their wines with both a business roundtable debate with key players and a study tour of leading London restaurants, wine bars and merchants to see the kind of offers they have and where their wines might fit in.



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    • Pale gold developed yeasty nose fine mousse acidity and balancehellip
      Pale gold, 'developed' yeasty nose, fine mousse, acidity and balance. Notes of yellow stone fruit, nuts, brioche. Although it never declares its vintage on the label this is always a vintage wine, 2012 in this case.
    • Such a wonderful wine Drinking well now but possibly decadeshellip
      Such a wonderful wine. Drinking well now but possibly decades ahead of it. Golden, nose of tropical fruits, a little petrol but not much. Medium mouthfeel, still a rigid backbone of acidity, complex flavours, rich but fresh. Refreshing, bit of heat (13.5% ABV) nice dry finish. Desert island wine.
    • Light garnet with slightly purple edges a delicious and invitinghellip
      Light garnet with slightly purple edges, a delicious and inviting nose of wild blackberry, juniper, pencil shaving. The palate has pure fruit and is so smooth, with any tannin that is there almost imperceptible. There is structure though but it is amazingly well balanced for such a young wine (2015). It is a top of the range 100% Syrah from La Livinière, Minervois that seems to emulate Northern Rhône, without the high acidity. Superb precise wine, love to try it in a few years, although it is drinking very well now. It is not for nothing that Jancis Robinson has been giving good scores to this and the rest of Gayda's portfolio.
    • Golden hue nose of cider apple pear wet wool Palatehellip
      Golden hue, nose of cider apple, pear, wet wool. Palate is disarmingly tart, lemon flesh, cooking apple, green pineapple, hints of the honey that will develop in years to come. Terrific acidity as you'd expect, a real backbone. Gorgeous wine, one to savour as an aperitif or serve with food - terrine or tart of river fish, white meats with rich sauce.
    • Light purplered attractive nose of red fruit plumscherries with ahellip
      Light purple-red, attractive nose of red fruit (plums,cherries) with a bit of complexity wood, stone, wet wool. On the palate, light mouthfeel, well integrated, slightly dry tannin in the front palate which then softens to a mellow, subtle fruity (blackberry) mid-palate. Beautiful restraint in what is a very fine, elegant vintage for the estate. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot
    • Full and complex nose of ripe red fruit meat juiceshellip
      Full and complex nose of ripe red fruit, meat juices; complex medium palate with great balance between compressed ripe black fruit and structure. Great minerality which is very apparent. Drying tannins on what is quite an austere finish, that asks for more time in the cellar. Splendid wine. One of the hits from the Lea&Sandeman tasting yesterday.