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Inside Beaujolais

Buyer Tim Sykes headed to Beaujolais to get an early taste of the new 2017 vintage; I happily went along too but was there primarily on a mission of my own: to audit one of our key suppliers.

Guaranteeing the quality of your best-loved bottles and ensuring that all the hard work of growers and buyers is not in vain is where we in quality-control come in. Find out what goes on behind the scenes!

Simon Mason

Simon Mason
Q.C. Buying Manager

  • date December 2017
  • location Beaujolais
  • people Tim Sykes Simon Mason

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Experience trips to other countries with our buying team

Champagne 2015

The Pull of Pol

Buyer Pierre Mansour and head of copy Paul Trelford visit Champagne house Pol Roger, ‘the world’s most drinkable address’ and find out more about the importance of ageing and the date of disgorgement.

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Provence 2017

Provence 2017

Pursuing pinks: two days in Provence

Forget fedoras and linens, if you're on a buying trip to Provence in January, you'd better pack your woollies!

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In pursuit of Piedmont’s finest

Piedmont 2017

In pursuit of Piedmont’s finest

In preparation for our first ever en primeur offer of 2013 Barolos, buyer Sebastian Payne MW heads to Piedmont in January 2017 to pick the best of the crop. His travelling companions, colleagues David Marsh and Louisa Peskett, both new to the region, share their experiences.

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South America 2016

South America 2016

Stories from South America

Buyer Toby Morrhall shares his experiences from visits to Chile and Argentina, finding the best Chilean carmenère, spending a weekend on the coast with Cristóbal Undurraga, the art of the asado, and the romantic tale behind a new chenin blanc from Roberto de la Mota

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