Delamain; Guardians of Time Honoured Cognacs
Delamain Cognac is very excited to be unveiling its new packaging and image. This new look combines a contemporary feel with ageless elegance and luxury, befitting a House with as rich a history as that of Delamain.
Based in Jarnac since 1824, The House of Delamain, has crafted cognacs which are recognised as being among the very best in the world. Three of the Delamain stable have so far undergone this re-branding: Pale & Dry X.O, Vesper X.O and Le Très Vénéré (previously Le Très Vénérable).
Since its creation in 1920, Pale & Dry has become a benchmark for X.O Cognacs. Generations of the Delamain family have been tasked with replicating this extraordinary cognac, named because of its pale colour and dry style. Vesper X.O was created in the 1950’s and is more powerful than Pale & Dry and expresses itself more affirmatively. The word “Vesper” in Latin means both “evening” and “evening star” and it was named with the still deep power of early evening or “Vesper” prayers in mind. Last but not least Le Très Vénéré, whose character is most etched by the gifts of time of all of the cognacs in the Delamain range. Le Très Vénéré is a creation at the peak of its potential and is the fullest expression of the art of cognac.
The Ayala SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year
Champagne Ayala and SquareMeal are proud to announce that AngelaHartnett is the winner of the first AYALA SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year. The award was launched in August 2018 to celebrate the huge contribution female chefs are making to the UK restaurant industry.
Angela was the clear front-runner in the online poll which saw users cast almost 1,500 votes for their favourite female chefs. Hartnett has been the UK’s most famous female chef since she rose to fame as Ramsay’s voice of reason on Hell’s Kitchen and topping SquareMeal’s poll proves that, 14 years later, she remains the country’s most popular female chef.
Commenting on her win, Hartnett said “It’s so good that there are so many female chefs now. The restaurant trade is changing for the better. If this encourages young girls coming into our industry, then it’s a great thing to do.”
The awards lunch was held at Daphne’s in South Kensington where the guests were fortunate enough to be joined by Ayala Chef de Cave, Caroline Latrive who presented her first vintage blanc de blancs, the Ayala Le Blanc de Blancs 2012.
Mentzendorff Announces a New Agency Partnership with Ceretto
Mentzendorff is pleased to announce a new exclusive agency partnership with Ceretto of Piedmont, Italy. The Ceretto family can trace its vineyard owning roots in Piemonte back to the late 1800’s when Riccardo Ceretto set up a merchant house in Alba to trade wines from the region. The next generations of Ceretto purchased some of the most sought after locations throughout Barolo and Barbaresco, land that one can only dream of owning in today’s world. Under the control of brother Bruno & Marcello, Ceretto built up a reputation for wines of high quality and continued to invest in increased holdings in the best Crus of Barolo and Barbaresco. The wines have gained huge following across the world both within the finest restaurants and most renowned private cellars.
Ceretto now owns four wineries across the region and farms over 160 hectares organically and is under the control of Bruno & Marcello’s children; Lisa, Roberto, Alessandro and Federico who continue to uphold and strengthen the company’s reputation for outstanding wines.
This highly acclaimed producer will sit within a portfolio of the world’s finest family owned producers of Champagne, wines, fortified wines and spirits; and more specifically will complement & strengthen the company’s Italian offerings.
With regards to Mentzendorff’s approach to new agency acquisition Managing Director, Andrew Hawes had the following to say “Taking on a new agency is always a major decision, we take our time and choose our exclusive partners carefully, looking for family owned producers who share our values and will fit naturally into our focused portfolio.” Mentzendorff’s approach has evolved in that we are finding success by developing strengths in specific areas of the market and we have found that representing complementary Estates in South Africa (Klein Constantia & Hamilton Russell) and in New Zealand (Akitu & The Crossings) is working increasingly well for us. Therefore Ceretto will sit comfortably alongside Ciacci Piccolomini (Montalcino) and Fertuna (Maremma).”
Taylor’s Port & the 2018 Concours of Elegance
The 31st August to the 2nd September saw some of the most astonishing cars ever produced line-up alongside some of the world most famous luxury brands in one of the UK’s most beautiful historic settings. This could mean only one thing – the world-famous Concours of Elegance had returned to Hampton Court Palace for the seventh time.
The Concours of Elegance brings 1,000 of the rarest cars in existence to one place, 60 of the rarest make up the ‘Main Concours’. The whole weekend is a celebration of craftsmanship, design, luxury goods, fine food and drink and superb displays of art.
Taylor’s was present at the Concours as part of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, serving a selection of their finest Port wines ranging from the Taylor’s Chip Dry, a beautifully refreshing white Port, to the ‘Very Old’ 1968 Single Harvest Tawny.
Taylor’s is proud to have supplied the Queen and the Royal Household for many years and were thrilled when the Royal Warrant of Appointment as a supplier of Port Wines to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was granted to the company’s managing Director, Adrian Bridge in 2017. Other warrant holders present over the weekend were the likes of Lock & Co Hatters, Connolly Leather, Henry Poole and Dewar’s Whisky and so on.
Highlights of the weekend included the one-off Ferrari 166MM, the unique (gold-plated) Rolls-Royce ‘Golden Riveira’ and the Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans. The Best in Show was awarded to the 1928 Mercedes Benz S-Type Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’. In its day it was one of the fastest cars on the road and which was on show for the first time in the UK since 1958.