Friday, 24 February 2017

Bancroft Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting 2017

We held our annual portfolio tasting on Wednesday 15th February, at the wonderful Glaziers Hall, London Bridge; a new year and a brand new venue for Bancroft! Guests enjoyed views of the (albeit slightly grey and gloomy) Thames as they sipped and slurped their way through our portfolio selection.

The atmospheric River Room at Glaziers Hall, illuminated in Bancroft blue!

The more eagle-eyed attendees may have noticed a couple of new names nestled amidst the usual suspects. These included Raf and Nuria De Haan of Herència Altés, from Spain’s Terra Alta region, whose official UK launch will be coming soon – watch this space! They have already been making waves in the wine community, with 7 of their wines being awarded 90 points and over by the Wine Advocate’s Luis Guttiérez. Another debut that drew much attention was Mallorquin winery Es Fangar, presented by Oria Palma, and with wines made by Daniel Morales of Priorat and South African fame. In the snapshot selection, a clutch of new labels could be seen among the ranks, namely Mas des Combes (Gaillac), Domaine de l’Alba (Corbières), Domaine Guisset (Roussillon) and Château Mazetier (Bordeaux).  Anyone interested in learning more about our new additions will be able to read all about them in our new list, to be released in April, or by contacting us directly at marketing@bancroftwines.com.

Oria Palma of Es Fangar pouring her wines

Raf and Nuria De Haan

We were lucky enough to be joined by representatives for 27 of our wonderful producers, and tasters were able to sample over 250 wines from our portfolio. Alongside the individual producer tables, we featured two Snapshot selections – one general and one focusing on Burgundy – to give a flavour of what else we have to offer.

Ever generous, we featured a prize draw to win a magnum of Gratiot-Pillière Tradition Brut to those who took the time to fill out our feedback form at the back of the booklet. Congratulations to Justin Waples, the lucky winner – party at his place, everyone!

Oria Palma was also kind (and brave!) enough to treat a few guests to a Masterclass on Es Fangar and the wines of Mallorca. A learning curve for many in attendance, her insight was fascinating – so fascinating, in fact, that I am going to write a separate blog post about it! 
Stay tuned for more...  

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