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Roberson culls Grand Marques from online list

Published:  20 November, 2015

Roberson Wine is to delist the major Champagnes brands from its website.

The award-winning London-based wine merchant and online retailer will in future focus solely on the Grower Champagne movement.

The growers who make up Roberson Wine's new Champagne Revolutionaries range include Larmandier Bernier, Jacques Lassaigne, Chartogne-Taillet, Champagne Savart, Champagne Dosnon, Egly-Ouriet and Jacques Selosse.

Grower Champagnes earn their name from the fact that the winemakers grow their own grapes, rather than buying in grapes as the Grand Marques do.

Their Champagnes are typically available in relatively small numbers compared to the major houses.

"When we buy wines our priorities are taste, quality and value for money," said Lisa McCaghy, Roberson Wine's marketing manager.

"We don't sell big brands as we prefer to root out wines made in smaller quantities with great stories behind them, but Champagne has always been treated differently, with the big brands retaining an element of prestige that smaller growers find it difficult to compete with.

"We felt that selling these brands is at odds with the rest of our wine list, so have decided to only sell grower Champagnes from the real stars of the region."

Roberson Wines was founded in 1991 in Kensington, London.

It won the Harpers Online Retailer of the Year award in both 2014 and 2015.