Graduation time for Mentzendorff trio
To some, the idea of having to taste up to 30 wines a day in the name of education might not seem an arduous task. However, when the reason for this compotation (definition; the act of drinking together in a company) is passing your WSET Diploma exams, things become a little more serious. In the ornate setting of the Guildhall in the City Of London, the latest class of Level 4 Diploma students this week graduated in a ceremony presided over by Ian Harris, WSET Chief Executive, and Jancis Robinson OBE MW, the Honorary President.
Mentzendorff is extremely proud to say that three members of our team were amongst those graduating; Brand Managers Alexandra Hale and Amanda Collins, and Business Development Controller Andrew Wilkins. “Education is something we strongly support and encourage at Mentzendorff”, says Managing Director Andrew Hawes, “and with its global network, the WSET is unparalleled in its ability to provide further education in the industry. Personally, I am delighted with these results.”
Domaine Chanson 2012: Vigneron de l’Année, Jean-Pierre Confuron reveals his handiwork
The day before being awarded the title of Vigneron de l’Année by French wine bible La Revue des Vins de France, Jean-Pierre Confuron was in London at the Mentzendorff office with Gilles de Courcel to present the 2012 Domaine Chanson En Primeur wines. A record number of press, buyers, customers and wine-trade luminaries turned out to taste the 30 wines; 13 white and 17 red.
For Burgundy, the 2012 vintage is the result of a very complicated and demanding year for the wine makers, due to challenging weather conditions such as significant frost, high temperatures and hail storms. The harvest, which occurred on 17th September, saw very good quality but a lower yield of grapes.
At a dinner held at The Savile Club this week, Gilles de Courcel commented that the 2012 was “a wonderful vintage” for both red and white wines. In the same evening the renowned David Peppercorn MW praised for the continued improvement of their wines over their last decade and attributed the deserved success to the zeal and expertise of both Gilles de Courcel and Jean-Pierre Confuron.