Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Blue Edition: Bouchon Family Wines

Last night we poured wine for a top art-savvy crowd at the launch of the Blue Edition, a small exhibition on Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge. Curated by Nico Kos Earle, the gallery displayed works from ten artists all exploring the theme of blue. In conjuction with Bouchon Family Wines, we poured Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot from the Maule Valley whose labels unintentionally also matched the theme in brilliant blue and white. The exhibition took place in a private mews house, whited out for the purpose, and was introduced with a poem from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Outstanding results for Perez Pascuas in recent round of highly esteemed Spanish awards

We're delighted to report that, in continuation of an array of excellent scores, Vina Pedrosa our esteemed Ribera del Duero producer has been awarded an array of top points in two recent awards - including a very enviable 98 and 99 points from the Guia de Vinos Gourmets. The 2014s will be released to market very soon.

In the annual Wines from Spain Awards 2016 Ceremony, the Cepa Gallivan 2014 from Pedrosa, and the Pedrosa Crianza 2014 were award-winning wines. 

Monday, 24 October 2016

Decanter's Best New Zealand Pinot Noir under £20: Wild South 2015

We've long been enamoured by the Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir, a pure expression of the varietal which doesn't cost a pretty penny. Decanter panel tasters Melanie Brown, Christine Parkinson and Philip Tuck MW seem to agree, having awarded the latest release 93 points and a spot on their coveted list of Best New Zealand Pinot Noir under £20. Their note best sums up the juice in the bottle: 

"Vibrant crushed raspberries, spice, cocoa, liquorice and Darjeeling tea. Driven by acidity and showing earthy, nutty flavours that lead to a pretty finish."
Wild South Pinot Noir 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand

 For more information about the domaine, click here.

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.