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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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    • 2013 vintage of 5grape blend from Emporda Spain Ruby colouredhellip
      2013 vintage of 5-grape blend from Emporda, Spain. Ruby coloured, sweet, rich savoury nose of blackberries, blackcurrant, smoky oak and on the palate, tasty, textured, full fruit, blood orange, fresh and well balanced. Delicious.
    • The Judge 2003 Chardonnay Kongsgaard Napa Valley Profound up therehellip
      The Judge 2003 Chardonnay Kongsgaard, Napa Valley. Profound up there with the very best of Grand Cru Burgundy. Deep and layered, luscious acacia, sweet white cashews, delicate Provence white peaches, this 2003 is drinking superbly. (RJ)
    • Cedar Creek Estate Grown Ehrenfelser 2016 A grape brought overhellip
      Cedar Creek Estate Grown Ehrenfelser 2016. A grape brought over to Canada from Germany in the 70s, Ehrenfelser is a crossing of Riesling and Sylvaner and is currently planted by around five producers here in the Okanagan. The wine comes from vines planted in the 70s, and is fresh and easy to drink, with zingy green apple on the nose and subtle green melon on the palate with good length. 19g/L residual sugar. A lovely representation of a little known grape variety. (CR)
    • Top notch 2012 St Chinian a blend of high altitudehellip
      Top notch 2012 St Chinian, a blend of high altitude Syrah, old Carignan grown on schist, and Mourvèdre. Dark almost opaque. Complex nose of dark fruit, olive, mint. Palate of black fruit, soy, young but well integrated tannin. Concentrated (14.5%) but wonderfully fresh. Nice label too.
    • Evolved golden 2011 Chenin Blanc Bitter and rich nose bruisedhellip
      Evolved golden 2011 Chenin Blanc. Bitter and rich nose, bruised apple, floral, barley sugar, a touch of oxidation. Demi-sec on the palate, pink lady, cooked apple, apple confectionery, slightly tart finish with some length. Good balance if slightly to the acidic and dry side. Will last but great with food now or as an aperitif.
    • Medium bodied Chardonnay notes of green orange peel lime nutshellip
      Medium bodied Chardonnay, notes of green orange peel, lime, nuts, tart apple, saline. Inviting nose, complex, delicious.