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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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    • 100 Sauvignon Blanc aged in oak Not normally my thinghellip
      100% Sauvignon Blanc aged in oak. Not normally my thing but the oak is seamless and supports the fruit so well. The nose is savoury - almond, there is honey and cream on the palate, nice length. Classy winemaking.
    • Bordeaux clairet is 2 of overall production A deep redhellip
      Bordeaux clairet is 2% of overall production. A deep red Rosé- it is all cherries, berries of the forest, a creamy nose and fine-grained tannins. Very contemporary-tasting.
    • Top of the range Crmant from one of my favouritehellip
      Top of the range Crémant from one of my favourite producers. 60% Chardonnay 20% Chenin 10% Mauzac 10%Pinot Noir. Matured in wood before secondary fermentation. Rich and fresh. Nice notes of fresh dough, hazelnut and fig flower. Clean, crisp and very tasty.
    • Drinking wonderfully now this signature wine made from 100 Sangiovesehellip
      Drinking wonderfully now, this signature wine made from 100% Sangiovese and aged for five years (4 in 50-100hl oak barrels). The nose is complex and heady, forest, dark fruit, violets and the mouth has sweet tobacco, black fruits, balsamic, liquorice. Wonderful tannin structure. Only made in exceptional years.
    • Cask sample to help celebrate malbecworldday and also to showhellip
      Cask sample to help celebrate  #malbecworldday  and also to show the direction Graffigna is headed in - Hugh altitude, natural yeast fermented - fresh, elegant, crunchy red fruit.
    • Such quality here in the 1995 Blanc des Millenaires fromhellip
      Such quality here in the 1995 Blanc des Millenaires from Charles Heidsieck. There is a real savoury depth, nutty, bread, brioche along with freshness and still youthful acidity. You just go 'Wow!'