Expertise

Wine Champions 2021: Tasting Videos

Get the inside track on some of the best and brightest bottles, thanks to our expert buyers.

What does it take to make a Wine Champion? In these tasting videos, our buyers discuss some of the bottles that rose above the rest in our 700-wine blind tasting.

Red Wine Champions 2021

Including trio of Greek winners, an Austrian star with the name to prove it, fantastic bargains from Australia and Portugal.

Saumur Rouge ‘Les Plantagenêts' Cabernet Franc 2018

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Saumur Rouge ‘Les Plantagenêts' Cabernet Franc 2018 in a nutshell by buyer Joanna Locke MW.

Saumur Rouge ‘Les Plantagenêts' Cabernet Franc 2018

France Cabernet Franc
‘Perfect summer wine to drink slightly chilled. I love it. Nowhere else in th...
Price:£8.50 Bottle
Price:£102.00 Case of 12

Heidi Schröck & Söhne 'Wine Champion' Blaufränkisch, Burgenland 2020

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Why Heidi Schröck & Söhne 'Wine Champion' Blaufränkisch, Burgenland 2020 stands out, according to buyer for Austria, Freddy Bulmer

Heidi Schröck & Söhne 'Wine Champion' Blaufränkisch, Burgenland 2020

Austria Blaufrankisch
Informed of this sample’s tasting room triumph, Austria’s Heidi Schrock was a...
Original price: £9.95 Current price:£8.50 Bottle
Original price: £59.50 Current price:£51.00 Case of 6

Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes Thymiopoulos 2019

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Buyer Matthew Horsley on Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2019.

Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2019

Greece Xinomavro
The first of two 2021 Wine Champions from Greece’s master of the xinomavro gr...
Price:£11.50 Bottle
Price:£69.00 Case of 6

Nemea Grand Cruvee Agiorgitiko Domaine Skouras 2016

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Buyer Matthew Horsley puts Nemea Grande Cuvée Agiorgitiko, Domaine Skouras 2016 through its paces.

Rapsani Terra Petra, Thymiopoulos 2018

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Buyer Matthew Horsley on Rapsani Terra Petra, Thymiopoulos 2018.

Rapsani Terra Petra, Thymiopoulos 2018

Greece Xinomavro
Apostolos Thymiopoulos does it again with his second Wine Champion 0f 2021, f...
Price:£22.00 Bottle
Price:£132.00 Case of 6

Victory Hotel Australian Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

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Buyer for Australia, Freddy Bulmer, puts Victory Hotel Australian Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 through its paces.

Victory Hotel Australian Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Australia Syrah/Shiraz
Victorious in the Wine Champions tasting room for a second year, this friendl...
Price:£6.50 Bottle
Price:£39.00 Case of 6

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2017

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Joanna Locke MW tells us about Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2017.

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2017

South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet classicism and complexity abound in this excellent South African red...
Price:£11.50 Bottle
Price:£69.00 Case of 6

The Society's Exhibition Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020

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Why The Society's Exhibition Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020 stands out, according to buyer for New Zealand, Freddy Bulmer

The Society's Exhibition Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020

New Zealand Pinot Noir
A Wine Champion in 2021, we were delighted to see this pinot, made for us by ...
Price:£14.50 Bottle
Price:£174.00 Case of 12

d'Arenberg Coppermine Road McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Why d'Arenberg Coppermine Road McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 stands out, according to buyer for Australia, Freddy Bulmer.

d'Arenberg Coppermine Road McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Australia Cabernet Sauvignon
Alongside two whites, this bold, structured Aussie red represents a Wine Cham...
Price:£35.00 Bottle
Price:£210.00 Case of 6

Cruz de Piedra Garnacha, Calatayud 2019

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Director of Wine and buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour, puts Cruz de Piedra Garnacha, Calatayud 2019 through its paces.

Cruz de Piedra Garnacha, Calatayud 2019

Spain Grenache/Garnacha
This year our buyers agreed with the many members who buy this popular, punch...
Price:£6.75 Bottle
Price:£40.50 Case of 6

Glorioso Reserva, Rioja 2016

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Director of Wine and buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour, tells us about Glorioso Reserva, Rioja 2016.

Muga Reserva, Rioja 2017

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Muga Reserva, Rioja 2017 in a nutshell by Director of Wine and buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour.

Muga Reserva, Rioja 2017

Spain Tempranillo
It was on retasting the 2017 vintage of this brilliant Rioja during the scori...
Price:£16.00 Bottle
Price:£192.00 Case of 12

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva, Rioja 2012

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Why La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva, Rioja 2012 stands out according to Director of Wine and buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour.

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva, Rioja 2012

Spain Tempranillo
A graceful, gratifying masterclass in traditional-style Rioja. Viña Ardanza h...
Price:£25.00 Bottle
Price:£300.00 Case of 12

The Society's Portuguese Red, Península de Setúbal 2020

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Joanna Locke MW on The Society's Portuguese Red, Península de Setúbal 2020.

The Society's Portuguese Red, Península de Setúbal 2020

Portugal
Finding such easy-drinking pleasure at this price can be a tricky business fo...
Price:£5.95 Bottle
Price:£71.00 Case of 12

Aslina by Ntsiki Biyela 'Umsasane', Western Cape 2017

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Why Aslina by Ntsiki Biyela 'Umsasane', Western Cape 2017 stands out, according to buyer Joanna Locke MW.

White Wine Champions 2021

Get a flavour of this year’s winning whites, from show-stealing under-£10 Vinho Verde to fine Margaret River chardonnay.

Ponte de Lima Loureiro Vinho Verde 2020

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Joanna Locke MW puts Ponte de Lima Loureiro, Vinho Verde 2020 through its paces.

Ponte de Lima Loureiro, Vinho Verde 2020

Portugal Loureiro
‘Summer in a glass’; ‘swimming pool wine’; ‘my tasting note simply reads ‘sup...
Price:£6.95 Bottle
Price:£41.50 Case of 6

Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Château L'Oiselinière de la Ramée, Chéreau-Carré 2018

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Buyer Joanna Locke MW tells us about Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Château L'Oiselinière de la Ramée, Chéreau-Carré 2018.

Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Château L'Oiselinière de la Ramée, Chéreau-Carré 2018

France Muscadet
A vivid reminder of the unparalleled joys of good Muscadet, a style that dese...
Price:£8.50 Bottle
Price:£102.00 Case of 12

The Society’s Exhibition Sancerre 2020

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Why The Society’s Exhibition Sancerre 2020 stands out, according to buyer Joanna Locke MW.

The Society's Exhibition Sancerre 2020

France Sauvignon Blanc
Domaine Serge Laloue’s expression of the warm 2020 vintage was a noteworthy W...
Price:£16.00 Bottle
Price:£192.00 Case of 12

The Society's Grüner Veltliner 2020

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The Society's Grüner Veltliner 2020 in a nutshell by buyer for Austria, Freddy Bulmer.

The Society's Grüner Veltliner 2020

Austria Gruner Veltliner
The grü-v grape was a big success story at this this year's Wine Champions bl...
Price:£8.25 Bottle
Price:£49.50 Case of 6

Anna's Way Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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Why Anna's Way Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2020 stands out according to our buyer for New Zealand, Freddy Bulmer.

Anna's Way Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2020

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough may be New Zealand’s famous sauvignon source, but this showing fr...
Price:£8.95 Bottle
Price:£53.50 Case of 6

Grove Mill Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

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Buyer for New Zealand, Freddy Bulmer, tells us about Grove Mill Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

Grove Mill Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

New Zealand Chardonnay
This smart New Zealand wine punches well above its weight, with elegant flint...
Price:£9.75 Bottle
Price:£58.50 Case of 6

Robert Oatley Finisterre Margaret River Chardonnay 2018

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Buyer for Australia, Freddy Bulmer, on Robert Oatley Finisterre Margaret River Chardonnay 2018

Robert Oatley Finisterre Margaret River Chardonnay 2018

Australia Chardonnay
2018 was hailed as the best vintage in 40 years in Australia’s Margaret River...
Price:£19.00 Bottle
Price:£114.00 Case of 6

Fefiñanes Albariño, Rías Baixas 2020

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Fefiñanes Albariño, Rías Baixas 2020 in a nutshell by Director of Wine and buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour.

Fefiñanes Albariño, Rías Baixas 2020

Spain Albarino
Another serial Wine Champion, Spain’s most historic albariño producer knocked...
Price:£17.00 Bottle
Price:£204.00 Case of 12

Rosé Wine Champions 2021

Discover two deliciously different styles from the most successful rosé tasting in the 21-year history of Wine Champions.

Rosé de Loire Pure Famille Bougrier 2020

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Rosé de Loire 'Pure Loire', Famille Bougrier 2020 in a nutshell by Joanna Locke MW.

Senorio de Sarria Rosado Navarra 2020

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Director of Wine and buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour, tells us about Señorio de Sarrίa Rosado, Navarra 2020.

Señorio de Sarrίa Rosado, Navarra 2020

Spain Grenache/Garnacha
This generous Spanish rosado first struck us with its colour (the deepest and...
Price:£6.95 Bottle
Price:£41.50 Case of 6

Sparkling Champions 2021

Find out more about four homegrown heroes in a tasting that was full of English sparkling success, along with our great-value Cava.

The Grange, Hampshire Brut

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Buyer Matthew Horsley puts The Grange, Hampshire Classic Brut NV through its paces.

The Grange, Hampshire Classic Brut NV

England Chardonnay
England’s exceptional showing this year is testament to remarkably speedy pro...
Original price: £31.00 Current price:£27.50 Bottle
Original price: £186.00 Current price:£165.00 Case of 6

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009

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Why Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée, Sussex 2009 stands out according to buyer Matthew Horsley.

Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2016

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Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs, Kent 2016 in a nutshell by buyer Matthew Horsley.

Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs, Kent 2016

England Chardonnay
A shining light in this tasting and surely one of England’s finest wines, thi...
Original price: £59.00 Current price:£53.00 Bottle
Original price: £354.00 Current price:£318.00 Case of 6

Hambledon Premiere Cuvee Brut NV

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Buyer Matthew Horsley tells us about Hambledon Première Cuvée Brut, Hampshire NV.

Hambledon Première Cuvée Brut, Hampshire NV

England Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay
An assured showing from this Hampshire favourite, which has triumphed in many...
Original price: £43.00 Current price:£38.50 Bottle
Original price: £258.00 Current price:£231.00 Case of 6

The Society's Cava Reserva Brut

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Director of Wine and buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour, on The Society's Cava Reserva Brut NV

The Society's Cava Reserva Brut NV

Spain
For the second year in a row, some of the loftiest scores were bestowed upon ...
Price:£8.95 Bottle
Price:£53.50 Case of 6

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