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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.

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    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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    • Still going strong although I wouldnt sit on these ifhellip
      Still going strong although I wouldn't sit on these if you still have any. Deep red, quite a funky nose in a nice Old World way, complex layers of flavours - cocoa, coffee, leather, herbs, umami. Drunk on it's own at the end of a meal filled with fine wine.
    • 2nd vintage of wild Pais from Chiles Bouchon More roundedhellip
      2nd vintage of wild Pais from Chile's Bouchon. More rounded than 1st 'rustic' vintage because they took out the white bunches and made a white out of them! Red fruit, savoury nose, easy mouthfeel, fine tannins, well structured, lovely notes of shiitake on the finish. Great pairing at Frenchie in London.
    • Amazing that this wine is still being made This ishellip
      Amazing that this wine is still being made. This is a fine Chardonnay/ Sauvignon Blanc blend (60/40) that has volume in the mouth then a lovely mineral, saline, citrus edge to the finish. Really enjoyable as an aperitif and with smoked salmon. Reminded me of s Chardonnay from Galilee.
    • Lambrusco made in the old style for a modern crowdhellip
      Lambrusco made in the old style for a modern crowd - whole-bunch, soft pressing. Deliciously dry thanks to 80% Salamino grapes with aromatics and balance coming from 20% Sorbara grapes. Serve with pasta. A real eye-opener on how good Lambrusco can be.
    • From Rothschilds estate in Occitanie comes this their top cuvehellip
      From Rothschild's estate in Occitanie comes this, their top cuvée, a blend of Bordeaux and Mediterranean varieties with 46% Merlot the main grape. Very dark in colour it has attractive aromasof black fruit, balsamic, olive. It is deceptively easy drinking. Velvety tannins and a nice texture. Class act but not sure it's worth the price tag, given other top blends in the area.
    • Name to watch for the whites The Chateau is inhellip
      Name to watch for the whites. The Chateau is in its own sweet wine appellation of Cerons. Their sticky is sublime but also try their classic white Bordeaux blend (50/50 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon) that is tremendous value and is very refined.