Cambridge Wine Merchants
International Wine Challenge, Wine Merchant of the Year 2012 : WINNERS!
also: Large Independent Merchant of the year UK, East of England Merchant of the year, Fortified Specialist Merchants of the Year UK
In September 2012 our Languedoc-Roussillon specialist Stewart Travers picked up Sud de France Specialist of the Year. A new prize covering the UK, sponsored by the Languedoc-Roussillon Region. It’s fair to say we’ve been regarded in the wine trade as the UK’s leading experts in and supporters of the region, so it’s a pleasure to have this confirmed.
We find in the in this region what is without doubt one of the most exciting wine scenes in the world. There are hundreds of top winemaker from around the globe working here, taking advantage of plentiful sunshine, perfect slopes cooled by maritime breezes, fascinating grape varieties, centuries of pedigree, and ancient vines.
Stewart, others from CWM and many of our customers have spent considerable (end enjoyable) time scouring the area for rare finds and making friends with the best of the independent growers there.
The region remains astonishingly good vale – vineyard land (obviously a major cost in wine production) cost a fraction of that in Bordeaux or Burgundy, or nearby Provence.
Many of the vineyards are planted with ancient vines, which means low yields and intense flavours. Grape varieties tend to be Spanish to the west and Rhone to the east. For reds Grenache and Syrah dominate. Pinot finds some perfect land and even Carignan has been rejuvenated using carbonic maceration. Whites are just as exciting: Rolle (Italy’s noble Vermentino), Viognier, Macabeo and Grenache Blanc are all finding a new expression. Even Sauvignon Blanc triumphs in the cooler heights.
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