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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.


    The Buyer’s Case with Castelnau Wine Agencies

    Every wine as soon as it is made puts its self up for judgement. Be it the end consumer who wants to drink it with their dinner, or the trade buyers and wine critics looking to score, assess and adjudicate on whether it is suitable for listing in the first place. But nothing ventured, nothing gained and Castelnau Wine Agencies was happy to put its range of wines from producers all over the world up to the test in our latest Buyer’s Case project with leading on-trade buyers and influencers in the trade.

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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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    • Drinking absolutely superbly now  all the elements in theirhellip
      Drinking absolutely superbly now - all the elements in their right place. Dense purple, a nose of cassis, fruit cake, black cherries, liquorice; on the palate silky smooth, great freshness, medium bodied, great finish. Perfect with fowl or beef. Bordeaux Undiscovered has it £36 all-in.
    • Assyrtiko is a grape native to the Greek island ofhellip
      Assyrtiko is a grape native to the Greek island of Santorini and produces some of its most distinctive whites. The soil is volcanic and the vines generally old so the wine is characteristically poised between minerality, with good extraction and depth of flavour and precise, citrus acidity. This example is hugely enjoyable but lacks the honeyed edge you normally get and is a reflection of the vintage or the wine’s relative youth. Possibly keep for for a year or two. Roberson currently has a promotion on this down to £16.99 UK rrp
    • Light ruby Nose of Bakewell tart leather ripe black cherrieshellip
      Light ruby. Nose of Bakewell tart, leather, ripe black cherries, cloves, bit of Sous Bois. Attractive mouthfeel, fresh fruit, nice balance, good acidity. Lean, slightly green finish. Great value.
    • This would give a lot of Burgundies a run forhellip
      This would give a lot of Burgundies a run for their money. Black cherries, blackberries, touch of undergrowth on the nose. Crisp black fruit, smoke on the palate with a nice crunch to the fruit. Superbly well made wine and very good value to boot.
    • Great to try this SA Syrah with a bit ofhellip
      Great to try this SA Syrah with a bit of age from one of our favourite producers. There’s a beautiful freshness to the wine, real vitality and moderate alcohol (13.5%). Tasted blind you could be in the Northern Rhône, due perhaps to half the grapes coming from granitic soils. Plenty of black fruit, pepper, and mineral core. Wonderful wine that could easily last another decade.
    • Wonderful white from Sudtirol Alto Adige Italys most Northerly winehellip
      Wonderful white from Sudtirol/ Alto Adige, Italy’s most Northerly wine region. The variety, Kerner, is a cross between Riesling and Trollinger, the German variety normally associated with entry level/ bulk wines. This is first class, fresh, citrus, with a little heat on the finish - a reflection of the South-facing slopes - the altitude and underlying geology bringing complex, mineral flavours and a bright freshness. Delicious.