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Buckingham Schenk adds Saint Emilion's Malet Roquefort to portfolio

Published:  29 May, 2014

Buckingham Schenk is to distribute the wines of Bordeaux producer Maison Malet Roquefort in the UK's on and off-trades.

Buckingham SchenkMaison Malet RoquefortBuckingham Schenk is to distribute two Maison Malet Roquefort brands across the UK on and off-trades.

The Malet Roquefort family estate is based in Bordeaux's Saint Emilion, and has been since the 17th century. Its Chateau La Gaffelière is one of the Premiers Grands Crus Classés estates. At the estate, father-and-son team Leo and Alexander Malet Roquefort have created a range wines.

Buckingham Schenk will represent its Leo de la Gaffeliere and Les Hauts de la Gaffeliere brands in both the on and off-trades.

These wines will be on show at the London Wine Fair at Olympia next week. The wines offer the "depth and prestige of St Emilion" but remain accessible to consumers through their branding and pricing, said Buckingham Schenk.

The firm's managing director Jon Pepper MW, said: "We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious producer as Maison Malet Roquefort in the UK and we have been very impressed by the wines which are a great example of how Bordeaux can offer some stunning wines and great value.

"With the addition of these wines we have been able to increase of French portfolio which we hope offers a competitive range for our customers."

Speaking to back in March, Pepper said the group had been working hard to build the on-trade side of the business - it has over 30 accounts in the year since its launch - and is ramping up Prosecco sales after its parent firm Schenk bought a winery in the region. The group is also focused on increasing sales of pre-filled wine goblets.

Château La Gaffelière made the news earlier this week for selling some of its top wines into the UK market through flash sales site vente-privé One bottle of 1999 Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château la Gaffelière can be picked up for £49, discounted from £66, while the 2010 vintage, which scored 93 Parker points, is on sale at £62, down from £81. The sale continues until June 3. These wines are not available through Buckingham Schenk.