Mentzendorff Wheelers “Everest” for The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pre-School
The end of September saw 6 members of the Mentzendorff team complete an ‘Everesting’ cycling challenge in order to raise funds for a pre-school in Hemel-en-Arde which is funded by the Hamilton Russells.
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pre-School does a brilliant job in providing a safe and educational environment for the local children ensuring that they will get to start school properly. The school was built in 1996 by Anthony Hamilton Russell with the sole purpose of providing high quality pre-school education for the agricultural community and the wider less privileged Hermanus community.
The concept of Everesting is devilishly simple, even if it is much tougher in practice! Each of our intrepid riders chose a hill to ride up (and down) until they had ascended a metric mile (1,500m) – this took on average 3hrs – and collectively the ‘Mentzendorff Wheelers’ aimed to ride up the height of Everest (8,848m).
In the end a total of 9,073m were ascended and so this year’s Mentzendorff charity ride contribution will be £9,073 to the Hemel-en-Arde Valley pre-school. Well done the Mentzendorff Wheelers!
Champagne Bollinger PN VZ15 – Pinot Noir with a Sense of Place
We are very excited to be able to share with you Champagne Bollinger PN VZ15: the first new permanent addition to the Champagne Bollinger range in 12 years.
PN VZ15 is the result of a blind tasting contest between the winemaking team at Bollinger and celebrates the blending skills of Champagne winemakers and impressively shows off with Bollinger’s Pinot Noir wealth and know-how.The winning blend (created by Champagne Bollinger Chef de Cave, Gilles Descôtes) was built primarily on Verzenay, with support from Aÿ, Bouzy and Tauxières. It is based on the 2015 vintage but with reserve wines aged in magnums from as far back as 2009. Its black bottle and black label are a tribute to the Pinot Noir grape, and a nod to its big brother, Vieilles Vignes Françaises.
A different 100% Pinot Noir will also be released every year from the 2015 vintage onwards. These new cuvees will be focusing on the characteristics of a different Champagne village and will be chosen by blind tasting.
“This cuvée made entirely from Pinot Noir is ingrained in what has become the very essence, the DNA of our House – an inimitable vision of an iconic grape variety and uncompromising efforts to fulfil the mission we started in 1829 as creators of taste.” Charles-Armand de Belenet – General Manager of Champagne Bollinger
The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2020
Matthew Dooley wins The 2020 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with his brilliant graphic novel, Flake.
Flake is the debut novel of author and illustrator Matthew Dooley and is also the first graphic novel to win in the prize’s history. He’ll be joining a long line of witty winners from the past two decades, including Helen Fielding, Ian McEwan, Terry Pratchett and Nina Stibbe.
Set in a small seaside town of Dobbiston, Flake tells the story of ice-cream seller Howard. Noticing a downturn in trade, Howard soon realises its cause: Tony Augustus, his half-brother, whose ice-cream empire is expanding all over the North-West… Thus ensues an epic battle between them, with Howard – helped by the Dobbiston Mountain Rescue team – overcoming every obstacle in the process, and ultimately triumphing in the end.
Matthew Dooley comments: ‘Flake was published on 2nd April, amidst a huge, bewildering global crisis. It’s been a very strange experience. Winning the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize means it’s just got stranger in the best possible way. I’m surprised, overwhelmed and elated to have won. Now, how on earth do you chill a bottle of champagne that big..?’
Matthew Dooley will be awarded a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année, and a complete set of the Everyman’s Library P.G. Wodehouse collection. With the current situation sadly not allowing for a pig to be awarded at the Hay Festival this year, Dooley has drawn his own humorous interpretation, with himself sat on the pig, bottle of Bollinger in hand.
Jean-Luc Colombo Rhône wines join the Portfolio
At Mentzendorff we are always pleased to announce the launch of a new agency and today is certainly no exception, as the Jean-Luc Colombo Rhône range officially joins our Portfolio from 1st July. The Jean-Luc Colombo Blue Coast range has been a part of our Portfolio since April this year and we are delighted to add the highly acclaimed Rhône wines.
Based in the village of Cornas in the Northern Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo is undoubtedly one of the most famous present day producers of Rhône wines. Since he first started the Domaine with his wife Anne back in the 1980s, production has remained within the Colombo family with their daughter, Laure, joining the family business back in 2010. Living in the middle of their vineyards, it has always been important to the family to preserve their environment and work in harmony with nature, which is reflected in the care that goes into the production of their wines.
Jean-Luc launched his first wine, the single vineyard Cornas “Les Ruchets”, in 1987 and has been producing exceptional quality Rhône appellation wines ever since.