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New commercial manager at Hatch Mansfield

Published:  11 July, 2017

UK agent and distributor Hatch Mansfield has appointed Daniel Hart to the newly created role of commercial manager.

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Taittinger plants first vines in Kent

Published:  04 May, 2017

A historic moment took place in Kent yesterday when Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger planted his family’s first vines at the new Domaine Evremond vineyard in Chilham.

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Caliterra winemaker tips Malbec to do big things in Chile

Published:  16 September, 2015

A leading Chilean winemaker thinks Malbec could be a grape with a big future in the country.

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Taittinger extends links with performing arts through RADA sponsorship

Published:  08 July, 2015

Champagne Taittinger has signed up to be the official Champagne partner of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for its major fundraising events over the next year.

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Villa Maria launches lighter alcohol wine range

Published:  10 March, 2015

New Zealand winery Villa Maria is set to launch a lower abv wine range into the UK off-trade.

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Why Eduardo Chadwick - and friends - are feeling on top of the world

Published:  29 January, 2015

Here's a novel way to celebrate receiving the highest ever score for a Chilean wine - match the accomplishment by climbing to the top of your country's highest mountain.

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How Berlin Tastings Series put Chilean wine on the map

Published:  05 September, 2014

Eduardo Chadwick's pioneering Berlin Series Tastings have helped change global perception of Chilean wine in their 10-year run. Andrew Catchpole, who was at the seminal first event, assesses their impact

 

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Lourensford Estate on look out for new UK partner after it leaves Hatch Mansfield

Published:  03 September, 2014

 

 

South African producer, Lourensford Estate, is looking for a new UK distributor that can take over from the work it has done over the last nine years with Hatch Mansfield.

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Hallgarten Druitt strengthens senior management team for growth

Published:  05 February, 2013

Hallgarten Druitt has poached two new senior members for its management team from major competitors as part of its continued strategy to improve and deepen its level of service across the on and off-trades.

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Kleine Zalze hires new winemaker

Published:  25 January, 2013

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker.

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South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker.

 

Botha will assist cellarmaster Johan Joubert to develop new premium white and red blends which will be launched in South Africa this year.

 

He previously worked as winemaker at Nitida in Durbanville for five years and was named Diners Club Young Winemarker of the Year in 2010.

 

"We are delighted to have made this appointment. RJ's passion, and his belief in getting quality wines in the bottle matches ours," said Joubert.

 

Kleine Zalze moved its whole portfolio in the UK to Hatch Mansfield last year.

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Memorial service for Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador Justin Llewelyn

Published:  18 January, 2013

Hatch Mansfield have announced details of a memorial service to be held for Taittinger's UK Ambassador Justin Llewelyn.

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PLB launches second regional roadshow

Published:  18 January, 2013

PLB is to launch its second UK Regional Roadshow tour with its specialist portfolio and has further announced it will join forces with Hatch Mansfield for the Scottish leg of the tour.

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Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador Justin Llewelyn dies

Published:  11 December, 2012

Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador Justin Llewelyn, who played a pivotal role in the development of the sales and image of the brand over 40 years, has died.

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Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador, Justin Llewelyn dies

Published:  10 December, 2012

Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador, Justin Llewelyn, who played a pivotal role in the development of the sales and image of the brand over 40 years has died.

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UK duty increases driving drinks firms out of business

Published:  19 October, 2012

"Unsustainably" high levels of alcohol duty are a major factor in the recent collapse of a number of drinks importers and distributors, according to senior trade figures.

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Hatch Mansfield upbeat despite difficult climate

Published:  04 October, 2012

Hatch Mansfield is optimistic about the future given its brands operate in the more premium sector.

 

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Calls for trade to join Harpers Debate

Published:  06 September, 2012

Independent wine merchants and suppliers interested in working more closely together are urged to join an open Harpers debate to be held in London on September 20.

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Harpers Best Practice Guidelines debate lined up for September 20

Published:  23 August, 2012

Independent wine merchants and suppliers are to discuss how well the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines are working, along with other key trading issues, at an open debate to be held in London on September 20.

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SITT Autumn announces exhibitor line-up

Published:  07 August, 2012

SITT Autumn, incorporating the Boutique Wineries Tasting, has announced the line-up of wineries, winemakers and exhibitors attending its tasting next month.

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Indies should band together and stand out

Published:  02 August, 2012

Independent wine merchants are being urged to raise their profile with consumers and differentiate themselves from the price promotion tactics of the major multiples.

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Mike Matthews: behind the scenes at "Braaiday" at High Timber

Published:  26 July, 2012


High Timber in London, a South African based restaurant with a wine cellar containing 40,000 bottles for your pleasure, played host to a motley crew of wine writers and bloggers recently as Wines of South Africa fired up the barbie for a good old South African Braai.

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Supplier who have signed up to Best Practice Guidelines for independent merchants

Published:  20 July, 2012

More suppliers are signing up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines designed to make trading arrangements with independent wine merchants as open and transparent as posible.

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Indie blog: Mike Matthews on uniformity among suppliers

Published:  12 July, 2012

Independent wine retailers, like all other businesses, need to keep a close eye on the paperwork. A missed invoice here and a final demand there won't keep you trading for long. In short, lousy admin makes for a terrible, money-draining business. What happens though when the admin has been taken out of your hands by other parties?

Kleine Zalze shifts whole portfolio to Hatch Mansfield

Published:  11 July, 2012

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has moved its whole portfolio to Hatch Mansfield.

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De Bortoli is latest big name to join Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independents

Published:  03 July, 2012

De Bortoli Wines is the latest major supplier to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independent wine merchants designed to bring greater channel transparency to the wine industry's fastest growing retail sector.

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De Bortoli is latest big name to join Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independents

Published:  03 July, 2012

De Bortoli Wines is the latest major supplier to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independent wine merchants designed to bring greater channel transparency to the wine industry's fastest growing retail sector.

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Indie success recognised in Harpers Awards

Published:  30 May, 2012

Independent wine merchants had their hard work and dedication to the job recognised at the inaugural Harpers Awards.

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Harpers Awards 2012 winners

Published:  23 May, 2012

Bibendum, Majestic, Sainsbury's, The Sampler, Tanner's, Jose Pizarro and Pollen Street Social were some of the big name winners at last night's inaugural Harpers Awards.

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Full list of Harpers Awards finalists revealed

Published:  18 May, 2012


The full list of finalists for next week's inaugural Harpers Awards can now be revealed.

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Harpers Awards finalists revealed

Published:  04 May, 2012

The runners and riders for the inaugural Harpers Awards include leading players from the national and independent on and off-trade sectors, as well as major wine and spirits suppliers and distributors.

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Indie merchants shortlisted for awards

Published:  02 May, 2012

Independent merchants from across the country are in the running to win a series of accolades at the inaugural Harpers Awards, taking place at London's Honourable Artillery Company on May 22.

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Château des Jacques - 'fragrant' offerings

Published:  13 April, 2012

Straight from the Louis Jadot stable is the 2010 vintages of Moulin a Vent 'Clos' wines from Château des Jacques.

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LIVE Budget 2012: Trade reaction

Published:  21 March, 2012

The Chancellor pulled no punches in delivering his Budget today - the alcohol duty escalator will continue. But what has the trade got to say about it? Read our live updates.

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LIWF hits back at criticism

Published:  13 March, 2012

The organisers of the London International Wine Fair have hit back at criticism of the show after news that several high profile exhibitors have pulled out.

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De Bortoli latest big name to join Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independents

Published:  30 January, 2012

De Bortoli Wines is the latest major supplier to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independent wine merchants designed to bring greater channel transparency to the wine industry's fastest growing retail sector.

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Harpers Debate: indies and suppliers go head to head

Published:  30 August, 2011

Leading independent wine retailers and suppliers will come together next month to debate whether a suppliers' charter should be established to regulate how wine is sold.

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Analysis: stand up for responsibility

Published:  11 August, 2011

Let's take a look at how far the trade has come to date. Since the Responsibility Deal was published in March, 110 drinks companies have signed up - a pretty strong opening. Harpers examines who's feeling the benefits and what else needs to happen.

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Hatch Mansfield awarded BSI environmental certificate

Published:  04 May, 2011

Hatch Mansfield is believed to be the first wine agency in the business to achieve British Standard Institute BSI, environmental certification.

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Oddbins' Baile says CVA 'best way forward'

Published:  18 March, 2011

Oddbins' Simon Baile is urging suppliers to vote for a company voluntary arrangement as the "best possible way forward."

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Viña Errázuriz awarded top Parker points

Published:  10 January, 2011

Viña Errázuriz wines topped Robert Parker's list of Chilean wines for the second year running.

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Viña Errázuriz awarded top Parker points

Published:  09 January, 2011

Viña Errázuriz wines topped Robert Parker's list of Chilean wines for the second year running.

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Linthwaite House wins wine list of the year award

Published:  11 November, 2010

Linthwaite House Hotel in Cumbria is the annual winner of the Condé Nast Johansens Champagne Taittinger - 'Wine List of the Year' award.

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Richard Siddle Chilean adventures in Aconcagua Valley

Published:  06 November, 2010


Safely ensconced in Chile for the inauguration of Errazuriz's new winery Don Maximiano in
Aconcagua. A 24-hour plus journey rather beats the hour and twenty minute jaunt down to William Reed HQ. However. catering and onboard entertainment facilities of Brazilian airline,TAM, on a par with Network South.

 

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Carol Emmas reviews Inter Beaujolais

Published:  29 July, 2010

Unless you've been residing on another planet these past few weeks, it's unlikely the hype of the 2009 Beaujolais vintage has passed you by. Xavier Barbet, vice-president of Inter Beaujolais, says this is the best vintage he's ever seen.

 

I have to say it's nice to have a Beaujolais revival because when Gamay is good it's a joy to behold. Plus it sits so well with what the consumer wants these days: it's light, not a high abv, tastes good chilled and is a great food wine. It also stands out on its own in terms of individuality and style.

 


All 12 appellations were on show, from the light, frivolous and fruity through to the more serious and complex. There were a couple that fell a little flat , but there were many more delightful, luscious and succulent wines on show and it's these that will have the consumer coming back for more.

 

Some of the more complex wines were good to savour and good value on the pocket. But to me it's about making hay while the sun shines and I'd be opting for the bright-fruited fun aspect - and there's plenty of that to be had this year.

 


Henry Fessy Beaujolais Rouge 2009 (Louis Latour Agencies) had a colour you'd want on your palette as well as your palate. Red-purple in the glass, it had a lively nose of raspberry and violets, with upbeat, red berry fruits to taste.

 


Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Rouge Coeur de Vendange 2009 (Enotria) was a gluggable wine, with cherry and raspberry flavours backed by firm tannins and a succulent finish.
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages 2009 (Berkmann Wine Cellars) had vibrant red and purple fruit that skimmed and teased the palate and delivered a long, juice-laden finish.

 

Domaine de la Madone Vieilles Vignes Fleurie 2009 (Thorman Hunt) showed aromas of violets and dark red fruit, intense flavours of liquorice, a touch of spice, good acidity and lively tannins.


But it wasn't all about the reds. There were a few whites under the Beaujolais Blanc appellation and the Château des Jacques Grand Clos de Loyse 2009 (Hatch Mansfield) showed a fresh, clean nose with lemons and nuts on the palate and a good level of minerality.

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Friends in tribute to Helen Thomlinson

Published:  13 July, 2010

Friends and colleagues of Helen Thomlinson are planning a meal in September to celebrate the life of the former Hatch Mansfield and Rosemount sales representative.

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Experts: UK is 'still the place to be'

Published:  19 May, 2010

The UK market is still the place to be for global wine producers - despite high duty rates and pricing issues - experts have agreed.

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Harpers to host seminars at London International Wine Fair

Published:  14 May, 2010

Harpers Wine & Spirit will be at the heart of next week's London International Wine Fair at London ExCel's hosting two seminars on Wednesday May 19.

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