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September 2021

Mentzendorff Autumn Portfolio Tasting

Following a year absence from our annual Mentzendorff Portfolio Tasting, it was great to be back at 1 Great George Street in London and a new location, Salut wines in Manchester, for two autumnal tastings. The events offered a chance for key members of the trade and press to taste and discover the award-winning wines from the portfolio, including new wines from our two new agencies, Cartuxa and Château La Fleur de Boüard. The entire portfolio of Champagnes, wines, fortified wines and spirits was available to taste as well as some stellar new releases such as Champagne Bollinger B13, Champagne Ayala La Perle 2012 and Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana Vermut.

Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly given the current circumstances, our principals were not able to attend. However, we hope to have them here for our spring tasting later in the year!

Justin Keay, who attended the London tasting, provided an overview of the sparkling and fortified wines at the event, as well as recommending still wines that he thinks will cut the mustard in the on-trade this autumn. These were Cartuxa Colheita Tinto 2017, Cartuxa Branco 2019 DOC, Catuxa Tinto Vinho de Talha 2017, Cartuxa Branco Vinho de Curtimenta 2016, Tenuta Fertuna Vermentino DOC 2019, Ceretto Nebbiolo d’Alba Bernadina 2018, Ceretto Blange Langhe Arneis DOC 2020, Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2017, Akitu Pinot Noir Blanc 2020, Hambledon Première Cuvée and Geno, a new entry level brand created by Mentzendorff in cooperation with our Alentejo producer.

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