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So the results of the 2017 Wine Merchant Top 100 have been announced – to recognise wines that could “form the basis of a really good, varied independent wine merchant’s list.”

We’re delighted that these wines, from our portfolio of producers, were included:

 

Valenciso Rioja Blanco 2015

Very classy,” the judges said. “Almond nutty nose and a floral element, then on the palate a more citrus fruit style with creaminess and complexity on the mid-palate.”

Saint-Veran ‘Le Quartier des Girouettes’ 2015, Domaine des Perserons

Breezy but honeyed; evolving and intriguing,” the judges said. “This has a sappy fullness balanced by precise and mouthwatering acidity. Really good value for a classic white Burgundy.”

Gavi di Gavi Nuovo Quadro 2016, La Battistina 

“Attractive light nose of citrus fruit and mild flower notes,” the judges said. “The palate is clean, fresh and dry with excellent concentration of citrus fruit, attractive richness, tang and mouthfilling texture; scintillating finish.”

‘La Cote Sauvage’ Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014

Absolutely wonderful nose of ripe fruit and vanilla oak and a delicious palate of ripe fruity spice and dense dark fruit,” the judges said. “This is outstanding winemaking, at a very good price.”

Mineral del Montsant 2014

“There are refreshing mineral notes here in what is an entirely enjoyable, ripe blackcurrant fruit-forward tinto with well-integrated smooth tannins and textured grip,” the judges said.

 

 

And last, but certainly not least – there was also a trophy for…..

Fernando de Castilla Antique Palo Cortado  – ‘Best Fortified Wine Trophy’

Lovely nose of caramel, honeycomb and biscuits,” the judges said. “There’s a delightful lift to the palate. This is seriously classy: honeyed but never sweet, really intense; stunning, with an endlessly long, nutty finish.”