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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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      One of the hits of the Esoterica section of the London Wine Fair, a joint project between Antoine Touton & Fredi Torres (Sao del Coster). This is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Macabeo and 5% Carignan co-fermented. The nose is floral, palate is wild herbs (rosemary) and there is a disarming lightness and vibrant texture to the wine. From Modal Wines.
    • Latest vintage 2009 of Dom Perignon launched in London yesterdayhellip
      Latest vintage (2009) of Dom Perignon launched in London yesterday ahead of 2008. The fruit was so ripe which is why there's just 4 gms residual sugar and very low acidity. The nose feels closed with hints of tropical fruit, and the wine feels constrained perhaps by a lack of extra time on the lees. There is a bright youthfulness to the fruit. The overriding quality is the silky length, which goes on for ever and is mixed with saline and sappy notes. Curiously unlike a ripe vintage, but will be interesting to see how it develops. Released this September.
    • Cool new format from Australias outstanding Vinteloper  Park winehellip
      Cool new format from Australia's outstanding Vinteloper - Park wine. The white is an unfiltered/ unfixed Gewurtz that has 12 days on skins - fresh, fruity, nice texture - and the red is a Dolcetto that is fresh, unpretentious with bright fruit. Both are in 50cl bottles that don't require a corkscrew.
    • Ancient Italian grapeRibolla Gialla has been grafted onto 15 yohellip
      Ancient Italian grape,Ribolla Gialla has been grafted onto 15 yo Merlot vines. Wine was fermented whole cluster in the traditional manner, giving weight, complexity and a savoury edge. Nutty, lemon curd, pear and a nice minerality running through it.
    • One of the hits of Tim Atkins 100 top wineshellip
      One of the hits of Tim Atkin's 100 top wines from Argentina. Although this is a 2014 Malbec with 14%+ alcohol, the altitude (highest wine estate in the world) gives it such freshness and clarity. Stunning wine.
    • Great to try his top wine with age on ithellip
      Great to try his top wine with age on it. Beautifully fresh and elegant, black fruits, soy, tapenade, pepper. A big boned 100% Syrah but the acidity is still carrying it very well. Near to (geographically) the also good Domaine Cebene.