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February 2018

Mentzendorff Announces a New Agency Partnership with AIX

Mentzendorff is pleased to announce a new exclusive agency partnership with AIX. As one of the world’s most celebrated rosé producers AIX will sit within a portfolio of the finest family owned producers of Champagne, wines, fortified wines and spirits from around the world, complementing and strengthening the company’s Provençal offerings.

AIX vineyard shot

The 130 years old winery of Maison Saint Aix is located in the renowned appellation ‘AOP Coteaux d’Aix en Provence’ and dedicated solely to producing a hypnotising, salmon pink rosé in a variety of different size formats.

AIX Rosé bottle formats

Situated on a plateau at an altitude of 420m above sea level AIX is one of the largest domains in Coteaux d’Aix en Provence with over 75 hectares of vineyards planted with Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. The AOP Coteaux d’Aix en Provence is the perfect region for harvesting these varieties thanks to the areas mineral rich soils and ideal elevation. This terroir combined with the warm days, cool nights and mistral winds create a fragrant and well balanced wine. AIX’s alluring salmon pink colour reveals a fresh and fragrant nose that is delicate yet youthful while the palate offers rich, fruity and spicy notes.

Maison Saint Aix image

Through their dedication and passion AIX has cemented its position as one of the world’s most highly acclaimed rosé producers and this is reflected in a mass of Gold medals from the Drinks Business, International Wine Challenge & Le Mondial du Rosé etc.

January 2018

Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona – 2013 Brunello di Montalcino

Mentzendorff is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 vintage of Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino.

Fermentation for the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is carried out in stainless steel and concrete vats. Ageing occurs for more than 24 months in 20-75 hl Slavonian oak barrels, followed by over 8 months of bottle refinement.

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino2013 is considered a ‘classic vintage’ as the harvest took place at the beginning of October whereas the previous two, much warmer, years began at the beginning of September. A cool, wet spring delayed budbreak slightly however it was followed by a picture-perfect July and August. Good weather in September helped conclude the ripening period, and the bunches remained healthy throughout the estate. A promising vintage, with the wines of Brunello di Montalcino showing finesse and balance already, moreover these wines are expected to age superbly.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013

“Aromas of light coffee, plum and cherry follow through to a full body with a wealth of dried fruit and hints of figs. Drink or hold. 93/100

James Suckling – 27th November 2017

December 2017

Domaine Chanson En Primeur 2016

The 28th of November saw the 2016 Domaine Chanson En Primeur Tasting take place at Mentzendorff with Vincent Avenel, Domaine Chanson Managing Director and Mentzendorff’s Director of European Wines, Justin Liddle.

The general feedback regarding the 2016’s has been extremely positive with the reds in particular gaining a huge amount of interest. Chanson rate their reds as potentially outstanding, although unfortunately volumes are low due to the frost and hail experienced in some vineyards over the vintage. This year the wine selection has been slightly adjusted, we have introduced two new reds; Maranges 1er Cru La Fuissere and Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes, this is partly due to low volumes but also the outstanding quality.

Domaine Chanson Vineyards

The winter 2015/2016 was particularly mild (the warmest winter since 1880) and spring followed on the same path. Bud break arrived early: 15th April in Côte de Beaune and 17th April on Côte de Nuit.  The wine growers had to face various meteorological events: storm, hail, light frost. However, the black frost that hit the whole of Burgundy at the end of April had a very severe impact on some villages of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.

The weather in June was mild and rainy which engendered Millerandage; the summer was calm, very warm and very dry with a consequence:  the lack of water slowed down the ripening of the grapes. The harvest started on September 20, 2017 with a small group of 10 people who harvested only the ripest plots. The whole team of 100 was fully operational on September 26; the harvest lasted 13 days.

The operations in the winery were intense and meticulous with a very strict control of the acidity for the white wines and long and careful macerations combined with very strict controls of temperatures for the reds to retain the delicacy and subtle character of this vintage.

Chanson

The white wines differ depending on their geographical origin and meteorological conditions which prevailed in spring in each area. The Mâconnais wines are well-balanced with a well-shaped minerality. The wines of Chablis are tense and precise with a well-crafted acidity especially the Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. In the Côte de Beaune, the whites are fleshy with a good texture. As for the reds, the quality is outstanding: they are dense, crunchy, deep with well-shaped and silky tannins and a velvety texture.

To sum up, the 2016 vintage had historically low yields in some appellations and specifically in Côte de Beaune, nevertheless the quality is exceptional.

November 2017

Champagne Bollinger & the 2017 Rugby Autumn Internationals

The 2017 Autumn Internationals has now drawn to a close after three action packed weekends. England fans were treated to three victories giving the home supporters plenty to celebrate post-match in the Bollinger Tent and leaving Coach Eddie Jones’ squad with a near-perfect record of 22 wins from 23 games. The recent series of Tests were also a fantastic result for England Rugby and Champagne Bollinger who round out their 17th year as the Official Champagne of England Rugby.

Lawrence Dallaglio, former England number 8 and founder of Dallaglio Rugby Works joined Andrew Hawes of Mentzendorff & the new head of Champagne Bollinger Charles-Armand de Belenet to sign the #BollingerBigBoy, a Nebuchadnezzar of Bollinger Special Cuvée which will be claimed by a lucky fan.

Champagne Bollinger has always been presented to the Old Mutual Wealth Player of the Match across all England men’s and women series games and this year saw the launch of the Champagne Bollinger Fans Player of the Match, the award for the best player as voted for by general public.

Champagne Bollinger also played host in the Cardinal Vaughan car park over the last three weekends. Guests were treated to Bollinger Special Cuvée on their welcome, after all what match-day experience at Twickenham would be complete without it! This was followed by M.Chapoutier Chante Alouette 2015 paired with roasted celeriac soup with hazelnut pesto, Roda Reserva 2012 was matched with a stunning beef bourguignon, creamy mash and mixed autumn vegetables while Taylor’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port complemented a selection of cheese and chocolate brownies, many thanks to the inimitable chef Ben Rule and his team.

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