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Louis Latour Agencies signs deal as Castello Banfi distributor

Published:  19 March, 2018

Louis Latour Agencies has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor of Italian winery Castello Banfi, marking the first European winery from outside France to join the agency.


Meet the buyers: Jason Haynes, Burgundy buyer and co-founder, Flint Wines

Published:  06 March, 2018

In 2006 I decided to set up Flint Wines with long-term friend Sam Clarke, whose background was in spread betting rather than wine, which helped give us a fresh approach to business. During our initial discussions he acquired a new Great Dane puppy called Flint so we borrowed his name and the company was born. The third director, Gearoid Devaney MS, joined the company in 2010 and things have really blossomed since then.


Gallic Groove

Published:  02 March, 2018

French wines rank third in the UK off-trade in terms of value sales by country of origin (Nielsen, off-trade MAT to December 12, 2017), and fourth in terms of volume, with only New Zealand commanding a higher average price per bottle sold, at £8.80 versus £9.50 respectively.


CA Grand Crus appoints commercial director for Santenay

Published:  07 February, 2018

CA Grand Crus has appointed Stéphane Charreyron as commercial director of Château de Santenay.


Domaine Jessiaume sets sight on UK as it nears organic certification

Published:  24 January, 2018

Burgundy producer Domaine Jessiaume has revealed it is gearing up to enter the UK market for the first time.


Rise of German cool climate wine leads to UK's first German Pinot Noir tasting

Published:  19 January, 2018

Britain’s first ever German Pinot Noir tasting is to take place in London, in March this year, Harpers can reveal.


Looking ahead: Jason Haynes, co-founder, Flint Wines

Published:  20 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.


Burgundy trading hits new heights and Barolo on roll as Bordeaux and Rhone fall

Published:  15 December, 2017

Burgundy has had its best trading year in a decade and is at an all-time high for 2017, according to Liv-ex, the global fine wine trading marketplace.


Tim Atkin MW: Wine's luxury lustre

Published:  06 December, 2017

Serendipity is part of the pleasure of owning a wine cellar. Unless you’re the kind of person who keeps a log of every bottle that’s down there – I’m as organised as the next Virgo, but there are limits – these chance discoveries are wonderful. Well, most of the time. For every bottle of oxidised Condrieu or dried-out claret, there are dozens that are exciting to unearth. I had a bottle of 2006 TMV Swartland Syrah recently, made by Chris and Andrea Mullineux before they set up their own now globally famous winery in South Africa, and it was a revelation.


Burgundy varieties predicted to thrive in Languedoc

Published:  22 November, 2017

The Languedoc is set to become one of the key regions for growing Burgundian varieties over the next decade, according to winemaker Laurent Delaunay of Abbotts and Delauney. 


Hallgarten banks on the Burgundy stars of tomorrow

Published:  14 November, 2017

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has overhauled its Burgundy list to put a greater focus on rising stars and lesser-known appellations.


Tim Atkin MW: Rich pickings for the vineyards of Burgundy

Published:  02 November, 2017

Remind me never to play poker against Frédéric Engerer.


Flint Wines to balance 2016 shortages with older Burgundy vintage

Published:  18 October, 2017

Burgundy specialists in the UK are having to re-think their en primeur formats this year after 2016’s weather woes meant that allocation in certain appellations are ‘tiny’.


The Pinot Noir Alliance announces first session

Published:  18 September, 2017

Five producers from some of the world’s most famous Pinot Noir producing regions are teaming up to promote the variety worldwide.


Louis Latour Agencies appoints new director

Published:  31 August, 2017

Guy Nightingale, a key account manager in the sales team at Louis Latour Agencies, has become one of the company’s directors.


Years of debate ends with new Bourgogne Côte D’Or approval

Published:  21 August, 2017

French authorities have approved Bourgogne Côte D’Or, a new regional appellation, which could become a new premium area of wine production in the heart of Burgundy.


Burgundy’s Château de Pommard gets modern makeover

Published:  26 July, 2017

Historic Burgundy brand Château de Pommard has given itself a 21st century overhaul by updating its traditional Burgundian bottle design.


Burgundy report: Good weather bodes well for 2017 following 2016 shortages

Published:  14 July, 2017

By Jason Haynes, Burgundy Specialist at Flint Wines