Wednesday, 18 March 2020

COVID-19 - Business As Usual

In light of the Covid 19 pandemic and in the interests of our staff, customers and neighbours we took the decision on Monday March 16th that all the staff will work remotely from home.

All staff will be be working full time thus ensuring no delay in service to our clients.
All phones and messages will be forwarded and a member of staff will be visiting the office on a daily basis, thus ensuring business as usual.

Our warehouse EHD is fully operational for the time being and all your orders will be processed within the normal timeframe.

Please see our latest stock list with some very enticing wines to stock up on in these trying times.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact our staff at the email addresses listed below:

Martin Lea – Head of Private Client Sales – UK & Asia - 07740 000598

Kevin Narborough – Purchasing & Trade Sales Manager - 07966 100035

Alister Rayner – Sales & Marketing Manager - 07470 397000

Operations Support – Katie Thornton & Christine Reeves

Sally Hutchison – Accounts Manager

Tracy Narborough-Jago – Logistics Manager

Lara Hills – Accounts Support

We take this time to wish all of our clients and suppliers a safe time with your loved ones.

With regards from the whole team at Grand Vin Wine Merchants. 

Friday, 7 February 2020

Think of Cerbaiona as the Richebourg of Montalcino

Earlier this year the legendary Brunello figure and former owner of the famous Cerabiona estate, Diego Molinari, sadly passed away after a long battle with illness.
In 2015, after many years of speculation, Diego and Nora Molinari sold the Estate, ending years of uncertainty about the future.  The new ownership team, headed by lead investor Gary Rieschel and estate manager Matthew Fioretti is now in place and all Cerbaiona fans (including myself) are desperate for the wines to maintain the extraordinary quality level they have set over the past 4 decades.  The 1990 still ranks as one of the best wines I have ever tasted.  

‘Cerbaiona. One word says it all. For the last four decades, Diego and Nora Molinari have produced some of the most compelling wines in Montalcino’

'Think of Cerbaiona as the Richebourg of Montalcino'

Antonio Galloni

The 2015 vintage in Montalcino was the best since 2010 and in time it may well equal or surpass that historic year.
Due to the timing of the sale of the property in 2015, the new estate managers decided to label the entire 2015 vintage as 'Rosso di Montalcino' as opposed to 'Brunello'.

This is a release we have been eagerly anticipating for the last 5 years and it is now finally with us.  I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed a bottle this evening in Hong Kong and it was absolutely sublime!  Although youthful, it had everything in place to develop into one of the very best examples of Sangiovese.  Perfumed, structured, elegant and with the classic Cerbaiona class, it was basically a top level Brunello in everything but the name.

When you consider you can buy 6 bottles of the 2015 Rosso for considerably less than 1 bottle of the 2010 Brunello, it's an absolute no brainer!

Don't miss this chance to secure your stock at the best price in the market!
2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Cerbaiona @ £1,850 per 6


2015 Rosso di Montalcino, Cerbaiona @ £215 per 6

Ex UK - In Bond Price

Martin Lea

Head of Private Client Sales – UK & Asia

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A memorable evening with Giacomo Neri

Last night, GVWM enjoyed an intimate dinner with Giacomo di Neri at Zafferano Restaurant in London.  We tasted a fantastic selection of his wines and we had the honour of being the first people outside of Italy to taste his spectacular new wine, the 2018 Giovanni Neri Rosso di Montalcino.

The other stand out wines from the evening were his 2014 Brunello, 2013 Brunello Cerretalto and last but not least, his stratospheric 2015 Brunello 'Tenuta Nuova'!  The wines were so impressive and stylistically so different, at times it was hard to believe each wine was made from 100% Sangiovese!  Giacomo gave us a fascinating insight on the history of the estate and the unique terroir that he has at his disposal.  The evening will live long in the memory!

Giacomo has kindly let us have access to these quite brilliant wines, including some very rare large formats.

Wines include:

2014 Brunello di Montalcino, Casanova di Neri

Bright deep red. Perfumed nose of red cherry, Oriental spices, flint and graphite. Rich, dense and suave on entry, then lighter and more linear in the middle, but with a plush juicy mouthfeel that makes it hard to put the glass back down once you’ve started tasting it. Very pure black/red cherry and spice flavors linger impressively on the long, refreshing finish. A knockout 2014 Brunello that lacks the size of the bigger vintages (very appropriately, I may add, given what the 2014 growing season was like) but showcases enchanting purity and grace. Very well done. Drink 2021-2028.

93pt, Ian D’Agata, Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media, 27th March 2019

2013 BDM Casanova di Neri, Cerretalto

There are a handful of wines in Italy that make me nervous before I taste them because my expectations are so high. This is one of those wines. Indeed, previous editions of Cerretalto have earned the coveted 100 point score, and I am astutely aware of the pedigree and potential that comes forth with each new vintage. As enthusiastic as my assessment of the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is, I'm stopping short of that perfect score. This vintage is something of a moving target with wines that are beautiful, without a doubt, yet the growing conditions were not even across the appellation, and achieving optimal tannic management posed a challenge to many producers. If I were to make any criticism of this wine, it would fall along those lines. That aside, this is a beautiful Brunello that boasts deep intensity and bold black fruit flavors that are plummy and rich. Spice, toasted oak and tobacco frame that primary fruit. Cerretalto ages in oak for 30 months and that strong imprint has added to the structure, depth and contemporary character of this A-list Brunello. That oak imprint is also reinforced in the wine's tannins. There's no doubt that this wine needs more cellar aging. I would absolutely not suggest drinking it within the next five years. Any awkwardness it shows now should iron itself out with more bottle time. Only 9,771 bottles were made. Drink 2023-2040.

97pt, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2015 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova, Casanova di Neri

The purity of fruit in this wine really strikes you with black cherries, combined with sage, lavender and rosemary. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished with incredible tannin structure that gives the wine an endless mouth feel of caressing tannins, acidity and fruit. There’s a fabulous saltiness and oyster-shell undertone to the fruit. Unique. Drinkable already, but this year there’s the structure to last decades.

99pt, James Suckling