Friday, 7 October 2016

Michel Rolland's Yacochuya in The Financial Times

One of our Yacochuya altitude-infused wines from Salta was recently mentioned in The Financial Times, written up by Peter Richards MW.

More information on the winery can be found here:

• Yacochuya 2008, Cafayate, 15%
To conclude, one of Michel Rolland’s own wines. Rolland began consulting in Salta in 1988 and immediately saw its potential. He found an old Malbec vineyard at 2,035m altitude and this 2008 vintage shows the tobacco-scented, softened edges typical of fine bottle-aged reds. At its core, though, this is a hedonist’s wine, one for those who like maximum impact — a dense, sinewy, full-throttle red with tons of peppery spice, juicy acidity and rich ripe fruit.”

Peter Richards is a Master of Wine and television presenter

Monday, 5 September 2016

New recruits: Jack Cousins

Now fully inducted into life at Bancroft Wines, Jack Cousins has recently joined us on the orders desk as Sales Support Coordinator. A small Q&A session with him let's us get to know him better...

What were you doing before you came to Bancroft?
Working in wine PR, however I fancied pursuing a career in sales and was lucky enough to land a job here at Bancroft as a Sales Support Coordinator.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Dishoom Family Mela

Once a year Dishoom organises a huge party for all their staff and families. On Monday we attended to man the wine bar, as summer intern Alice Brandon reports...

Myself, along with a few other lucky Bancroft staff, not only spent a sunny Monday out of the office, but were fortunate enough to share in Dishoom’s celebrations.  Dishoom hosted a Family Mela for their staff and families celebrating both their commercial and charitable successes.

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Loire – land of eggs, Cabernet and windmills

A couple of weeks ago, Rob (@LuckyRobb99) and Anne (@annecathelineau) from our London Trade team headed off to sunnier settings: the Val de Loire. With suppliers from the coastal Muscadet to the continental Pouilly-Fumé 240 miles east, they were spoilt for choice. They opted to explore the road less traveled and found themselves in the land of eggs, Cabernet and windmills.

"We headed off to the arguably less well known end of the Loire, to the Appellations of Anjou, Saumur and Vendeé to see, first-hand, how our relatively new growers work and are set up. We started with Jeremie Mourat in the Vendée and it soon became obvious that he is a big fish in a small AC pond. Very forward thinking, experimental and rigorous in the way he works, crafting high quality wines across his estate. His unusual but very drinkable white Pinot Noir was universally enjoyed, matured in clay eggs to allow similar slow oxidation / development as oak barrels but with no woody flavour impact. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

IWC Wine List of the Year - Highly Commended

Bancroft Wines does not go down without a fight: though we may have missed the hotly-contested top spot for Wine List of the Year at the International Wine Challenge, we went down swinging and scooped a Highly Commended Trophy for our troubles. Our two lists (Agency and Trade), meticulously assembled by our Marketing and Purchasing teams, are specifically tailored to the needs of the Off- and On-Trade. They are so much more than a simple price list: we tell the stories of our family owned suppliers and their unique terroirs. Though the tale may change from one producer to the next – the story of one renegade winemaker in the Loire to the history of a pioneering Argentine family, the silex soils of Vouvray to the loose sandy soils of Mendoza - the ending is always the same: world class wine.

To request a copy of our award-winning list, just drop us a line: On-Trade List or Off-Trade List