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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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      Christian Moreau has some great sites in Chablis and this is one of the best. At the bottom of the Clos grand cru slopes, this site gets all the minerals eroded over time. This was a 2011 and was surprisingly rounded (compared to say the 2014) but still had the customary mineral, stony, citrus flavours we expect in our Chablis. Doing our homework before the big Chablis tasting in London on Monday.
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      You won't believe this is 100% Gamay ( in fact lots of merchants have this down as Pinot when it isn't). Made from 50 year old vines in Flagey-Échezeaux, it has crunchy, juicy, primary fruit. Notes of strawberry, rose, orange in this delicious medium-bodied, deep purple wine. Served chilled - perfect on a hot summer evening.
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      100% old vine Malbec from Patagonia. Black fruit, spice (cinnamon), graphite on the complex nose. Rich dark berry fruit on the palate, core fruit is delicious - fresh, complex with a wet stone finish - a real depth of flavour. Tannins are silky and the wood (30% new) well integrated considering the youth of the wine. Precise and tense.
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      Astounding balance - a lot of finesse in this vintage, residual sugar and flavours (many tropical) but a linear acidity that runs through it like a backbone, holds the wine together perfectly.
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      Good example of the more savoury style of Chenin coming out of South Africa, in contrast to the fresh and fruity style. This is from 30-40 yo vines, whole bunch pressed and matured in 400-litre 25% new French oak for 10 months. As such there is structure and texture but very little oak apparent. Interesting and very drinkable.