While the world around us bears little resemblance to that of the previous year the similarities in our 2020 wine list may feel reassuringly familiar. Those with a keen eye and the time to read will see that the focus this year has mainly been to delve deeper into the detail of the eco-efforts of our wineries which centres for most around the subject of sustainability. What is less familiar of course is the actual release of our list; it is quiet and it is without fan fair because right now the subject of sustainability has thrown us a curve ball. Instead we are focused on sustainability of a different kind: that of businesses, of our suppliers, of our customers and the livelihoods of employees, all of whom are experiencing unprecedented trading conditions and an uncertain future. That is not to take the environmental steps of our wineries lightly and while many across the world are still running as part of their country's officially declared essential services we will be bringing you updates on their stories so far in the coming days and weeks. For now, however, here is Keith's introduction to our 2020 portfolio and the link to download it, just in case.
In my introduction to last year’s wine list I promised not to mention referenda or Brexit; and my first draft of this intro touched on coronavirus in passing. A few weeks on and it is evident that the whole world and not just the wine world has been turned upside down by COVID-19 with tragic consequences for many. Our thoughts are with our producers and our customers wherever they are.
However, at some point the world will start to return to normal even if at the beginning of April it is hard to see when that might be. We hope in due course you will find time to read our new list and will find something there to inspire you for the future. Needless to say, this is not the backdrop to the Company’s 40th birthday next year that we were hoping for.
The new wines on our 2020 portfolio are the result of buying trips last year, to North and South America in particular: look out for the Cabernet Sauvignon from Siete Fincas, the best Argentine Cabernet we have seen, and the remarkable red blend from the Oak Knoll sub AVA in Napa from Trail 3150. There are also some new natural wines from Peter Logan in Orange, no pun intended. The theme of the list, as last year, builds on the environmental practices of our suppliers and we delve into more detail of their eco-credentials on the individual winery pages.
Regarding champagne, we are delighted to see Castelnau climb to 18th place on the Drinks International Top 30 Most Admired Champagne Brands list. Castelnau, so too Nicolas Feuillatte, continues to win top medals in the major competitions and we are proud to see that both chefs des caves feature on the worlds Top 100 Master Wine Makers list from Drinks Business magazine.
We look forward to seeing you at the some of the rescheduled tastings as and when, and please get in touch if you would like further information on anything in our portfolio.
Keith Isaac M.W.