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June 2021

We bid farewell to a key member of the Mentzendorff team

People are what make companies, and no one embodies the team spirit and shared values of Mentzendorff more than Carol Batten, who joined the company back in 1998. Carol’s role at Mentzendorff is Regional Business Development Manager, and sadly for us and also her customers, whose interests she always places first, Carol will very shortly retire having made a massive contribution, in so many ways, over the past 23 years.

Last week, a much-deserved retirement lunch was held at The Goring Hotel to celebrate Carol and everything she has done over the past years. We admire her positivity, dedication and team spirit. She will be greatly missed!

May 2021

Château La Fleur de Boüard joins the portfolio

We are delighted to welcome Bordeaux Vineyard, Château La Fleur de Boüard, to the portfolio. Nestled in the middle of the Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation area close to the village of Pomerol, owner, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, purchased the 25-hectare (60-acre) property in 1998.

Built on family heritage, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest asked his daughter Coralie de Boüard to manage the estate, and Philippe Nunes, an expert technician, was appointed technical director.

Hubert de Boüard de Laforest with his daughter, Coralie de Boüard

They have a truly unique winery; the building is made of glass and timber. At La Fleur de Boüard, the use of natural gravity throughout the cellar curbs any use of pumps, making for the gentlest extraction possible, while optimising the volume of free-run wine. Innovative expertise is the trademark of the de Boüard family. The estate houses a state of the art, oenological analytical laboratory, which leads a range of experiments and research topics on winemaking. This laboratory combines scientific and technical expertise, to enhance knowledge and constantly improve quality. Their major innovation is the property’s vat house, which is unique in the world.

The impressive winery at Château La Fleur de Boüard

Andrew Hawes comments: “This is a very exciting development – not only are we bringing a top quality Bordeaux agency into Mentzendorff, thus providing an additional complementary region and estate to our customers, but also in partnering with Hubert and his daughter Coralie we have found the most wonderful natural fit with our existing portfolio of family-owned brands and estates from around the world. Strategically it is certainly the right time, with growing interest not only in Bordeaux generally, but also “satellite appellations” such as Lalande-de-Pomerol where we perceive there to be high potential and excellent value for the consumer. We will be launching with a selection of mature vintages for the On-Premise and Independents and will be exclusive in the UK market with the later release of the 2020 vintage of Château La Fleur de Boüard and Le Plus de Boüard.”

We are very excited to work together going forward!

April 2021

Hambledon’s partnership with The Southern Vipers, and victory for the Red Roses!

It’s been an exciting few weeks for women’s sports. Firstly, it is with great pride that Hambledon Vineyard announces its commitment to champion women’s sport in England, beginning with a new long-term partnership with The Southern Vipers, the women’s cricket team representing the South of England.

The Southern Vipers team, captained by Georgia Adams

This partnership is based on a shared heritage, a deep love of cricket, and a shared desire to empower those who are using their passion for delivering positive change. Hambledon Vineyard has a unique connection with cricket. The vineyards are situated in the village of Hambledon, which is widely acknowledged as the Cradle of Cricket and where the rule book for the game was written. In fact, between 1750-1800, Hampshire and ‘England XI’s’ regularly played cricket at Windmill Down, the very area now occupied by Hambledon’s vines.

Ian Kellett and Anna Krits-Kellett, owners of Hambledon vineyards add: “We are delighted to be able to marry our Cricket DNA and the ‘soul’ of Hambledon Vineyards with such an inspirational team as the Southern Vipers. We’ll be cheering them on as they break records, perceptions, and perhaps even break open a bottle or two of Hambledon to celebrate their victories along the way.”

In other news, we’d like to congratulate the England women’s rugby team for their well-deserved win in this year’s Women’s Six Nation’s tournament, their third consecutive win in a row. This was a brilliant team effort, with Emily Scarratt captaining the Red Roses to victory with her late penalty. Congratulations to Poppy Cleall and Zoe Aldcroft for their Champagne Bollinger player of the match awards. Although we couldn’t be there, we’d like to raise a glass to this fantastic team and result.

Poppy Cleall and Zoe Aldcroft celebrate with Bollinger champagne after receiving Player Of The Match. (Photo by Jack Thomas – RFU/The RFU Collection)
March 2021

Bollinger R.D. 2007 looks back to its roots

We’re delighted to announce the recent launch of Bollinger R.D. 2007, a truly authentic and timeless vintage. The R.D. cuvée, released shortly after its disgorgement, reflects the boldness of Madame Bollinger’s vision. Rejecting the trend in 1967 for unusually shaped bottles, she decided to create an original tasting experience, with the aromatic intensity of the finest vintages contrasting with a fabulous freshness. This comes from the natural acidity of the grapes during harvest, underscored by the Extra Brut, low dosage, far below the average of 20 g/L at the time.

It was a revolution that would have a lasting impact not only on the Bollinger style, but also on the world of Champagne as a whole.

Bollinger R.D. was the first ever to specify a disgorgement date on its label. Today, this legendary label has been recreated with lettering in the original 1952 font.

The R.D. 2007 has already been praised by many esteemed wine writers, receiving the following plaudits:

William Kelley scores the R.D. 97 points, commenting “Bollinger’s superb 2007 R. D. is an unusually delicate, fine-boned rendition of this habitually muscular cuvée.”

Antonio Galloni also scores the Champagne 97 points. He says “Bollinger’s 2007 R.D. is superb, but it is also a wine that reflects the nature of a unique and challenging growing season…the 2007 is an R.D. driven by more focus, energy and tension than readers are used to seeing. Lemon confit, dried flowers, sage, mint, crushed rocks, almond and ginger are some of the aromas and flavors that give the 2007 its complex, multi-faceted personality.”

Champagne expert, Richard Juhlin, says: “2007 is in most hands a weak and diluted vintage that I normally avoid. The exception is spelled Bollinger! The powerful house style often shines brighter during lighter vintages, the vintage wines from Bollinger are top on my list from 2007… An unusually fine- tuned classic.” 94 (95) points.

Matthew Jukes states, “The latest release of R.D. – Bollinger’s iconic ‘Recently Disgorged or Récemment Dégorgé’ wine is something completely out of the ordinary.  My one-word description for this sensational wine is ‘controlled’… What is remarkable about this particular vintage is its restraint and levity coupled with the extraordinary length of finish.”

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