Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 - Merchant of the Year

Our producers won 25 gold medals at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, with 220 awards in total. Judged by leading wine experts and sommeliers, these wines are the cream of the crop and span the Old and New World across 19 different countries. On top of this exciting news we are thrilled to be named this year’s Merchant of the Year.

Andrew Shaw, Bibendum wine buying director, says, “Despite the eventful start to 2018 for Bibendum, our selection of wines has never been better, representing many of the very best producers across the wine producing world. For the Sommelier Wine Awards competition to recognise it once again is a great endorsement to our producers.

“Our business represents a reflection of the very best wines from every corner of the planet, from France and Italy, South Africa and Australia, to Turkey and Slovenia, demonstrating the strength and depth in our portfolio and our buyers' expertise.”

Chris Losh, competition director of the Sommelier Wine Awards, says, “Last year Bibendum powered its way to the front of the pack and stayed there, nearly becoming the first merchant to make it through the symbolic ’50-golds’ barrier. This year was much closer, but Bibendum managed to pick up top medals, with Champagne, the rest of France, Italy, Portugal and a stack of classic New World regions resulting in more than 90 golds and silvers.”

The full list of gold medal winning wines:

France

Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs NV

Champagne

Lanson Pere et Fils Brut NV

Champagne

Domaine Paul Nicolle Vieilles Vignes Chablis 2015

Burgundy

Clos de Nouys Vouvray Sec 2016

Loire

Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2015

Languedoc

Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah/Grenache Minervois La Liviniere 2014

Languedoc 

Mirabeau Azure Cotes de Provence 2017

Provence

Château d'Esclans Garrus Rosé Cotes de Provence 2015

Provence

Italy

Alois Lageder Lowengang Chardonnay 2014

Alto Adige

Bisol Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Cartizze 2016

Veneto

Nicolis Ambrosan Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011

Veneto

Masseria Li Veli Askos Verdeca Salento 2017

Puglia

Portugal

Quinta das Arcas Conde Villar Alvarinho 2016

Minho

Spain

La Guita Manzanilla En Rama Limited Batch NV

Sanlucar de Barrameda

Luis Caballero Tabanaco Amontillado NV

Jerez

Protos Reserva 2012

Ribera del Duero

Austria

Laurenz V Friendly Gruner Veltliner 2016

Kamptal

USA

Walter Hansel South Slope Pinot Noir 2013

Russian River Valley, California

Chile

Santa Rita Gran Hacienda Pinot Noir 2017

Aconcagua Valley

South Africa

Journey's End Destination Chardonnay 2016

Stellenbosch

Journey's End Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Stellenbosch

Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2014

Stellenbosch 

Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2017

Western Cape

Australia

Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay 2016

Margaret River

VineMind Riesling 2016

Eden Valley

To taste any of these wines, give us a call on 0834 263 6924 or contact your Account Manager.


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