Portfolio Producers

The Justerinis Buyers travel annually to family-run domaines, estates and chateaux around the world - Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire, Germany and Piedmont to name just a few - in search of these great wines. This takes us to some of the most famous vineyards and the greatest producers. At the same time we also pride ourselves on constantly seeking out the bright winemaking talent and stars of the future. Please browse through our extremely proud portfolio here.

Alsace

A cocktail of soil types at the foot of the Vosges

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Argentina & Chile

Unbeatable value

Argentina is the world's fifth-largest wine producer, and for 200 years the Spanish, the Italians and, more recently, the French, have been making wine there. However, a per capita domestic annual consumption of 90 litres had long prevented Argentinean wineries to look beyond its country's boundaries. Now, with a rash of high-quality plantings of interesting varieties such as Malbec, Cabernet, Bonarda, Tempranillo, Torrontes and Sangiovese, together with a host of fine home and foreign winemaking talent who are heavily investing their time and money, Argentina's potential is being unlocked. Its ever growing presence in both the on and off trade is thanks to great producers such as the Cassone family, who first arrived in Argentina from Piedmont in the 19th Century. Their enthusiasm, investment and top class 90-year-old vineyards, situated in the prime Drummond area of Luján de Cuyo in Southwest Mendoza, 950 metres above sea level, has resulted in wonderfully rich, ripe wines of complexity and substance that could be considered to be some of Argentina's true flag-bearers.

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Armagnac

Australia

Producers with an eye firmly on old world production values

Australia is a country that has a history of successfully blending multi- regional wines and marketing them intelligently to a wine drinking public that is more concerned with varietals than regions. However, in stark contrast to France's AOC system - which is under constant scrutiny from marketing men wishing to simplify labels and descriptions - Australians are now pushing for more specific regionality and indeed succeeding. The success of this new regionality will depend on whether the styles are individual enough to make a difference to the consumer, of course. Australia has already tasted success with famous top end areas such Barossa, Coonawarra and Margaret River, together with a small handful of other well-known regions. For these are now well-established, producing wines of quality and individuality, whether it's Barossa and its powerful reds, the mineral curranty Cabernets of Coonawarra, or the cool-climate wines of Margaret River; but can the practice follow all over Australia? As long time advocates of 'terroir', we hope so. Identifying unique terroirs, microclimates and capitalising on them to produce wines that have a sense of place and origin is essential if Australia is to take a further step up the qualitative ladder. One estate that is certainly making the most of its terroir is Voyager Estate, within the large Margaret River region, nestled in the ‘Golden Triangle’, that boasts unique soils and benefits from a coastal style climate with significant day / night temperature differences. Here, with a gentle, hands off approach to winemaking, the wines are the closest Australia will get to Bordeaux or the Rhône. Another cool-climate Australian region is Tasmania, the aptly named ‘Apsley Gorge’ estate makes absolutely stunning Pinot Noir. Francophile owner Brian Franklin works a harvest in Burgundy every year with one of the region’s top estates, he favours a natural approach to making Pinot Noir, producing a fruit-generous, but precise and really quite complex version of new world Pinot. These certainly demonstrate that there is more to Australia that fruit-driven value for money wines.

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Beaujolais

Finesse, delicacy and great value

Beaujolais is still in crisis. Many producers are annually forced to leave grapes hanging on the vine, as they gain little or no return to fund the costs of harvesting and producing the wines. Years of relying on Beaujolais Nouveau and the resulting drop in quality has seen many turn against this once fashionable region, a problem exacerbated by the allure of approachable and consistent New World offerings. Even locally popularity has been waning. A high profile court case once saw the Beaujolais Syndicats take on 'Lyon Mag' for publishing deprecatory remarks about the quality of Beaujolais.

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Bordeaux

A tale of two river banks

Although only separated by some thirty miles the Medoc and the Right Bank are very different stylistically, historically and culturally. The left bank is dominated by Cabernet plantings, largely due to the fast draining gravel found close to the Garonne estuary. St Emilion and Pomerol are predominantly planted with Merlot and a small smattering of Cabertnet Franc. These varieties thrive on the limestone slopes and clay plateau found around St Emilion and Libourne.

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Burgundy

The golden slopes, where the grower is paramount

Burgundy can be viewed in two very separate ways. It can be highly complex and sometimes inconsistent, with swings of style from vintage to vintage, not to mention the complex labyrinth of vineyards and producers to choose from. On the other hand, it can be seen as fascinating in its complexity, rewarding in its thrilling quality and, if chosen correctly, have a consistency of quality across vintages whilst retaining each year its own style and identity.

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California

Complex cabernet, Californian Style

Californian wines are enjoying a tremendous revival, from the top exclusive Estates to the more commercial volume producers. The replanting of most of Californian vineyards in the early-to mid-1990s is showing through in quality. The new selected low volume clones grafted onto Phylloxera- resistant rootstock are now of an age to produce grapes that are yielding excellent quality. The sometimes outrageous prices being demanded, and indeed paid by customers, are a phenomenon of the early 1990s. Prices today are becoming a little more realistic even for the so-called 'boutique' wines.

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Champagne

Champagne

The UK has been one of the world’s top markets for Champagne for some time. Our passion for bubbles and brands has seen extraordinary growth in Champagne consumption over the years, which combined with our great curiosity, has seen an expansion in the variety of Champagne being offered, too. Rosé, vintage, luxury cuvees, single vineyards, extra brut or even non-dosed styles have all been penetrating the market. There is a wider and more diverse range of Champagnes available in the UK than ever before. At the forefront of this revolution has been Vranken Pommery, and very aptly so. For it was Madame Louise Pommery who in 1874 was the first accredited with properly commercialising wine from Champagne, their Brut Nature. Today her legacy continues: Quality is at an all time high, as the stunning luxury Cuvée Louise will attest to; whilst innovation moves at a quicker pace than ever, the seasonal bottlings with blends tailored to each of the four seasons is a very fine and successful example of this.

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Germany

Riesling par excellence

Since the 1997 vintage we have seen a complete revival of Germany’s fortunes as a producer of world-class wine. Led by the aristocratic Riesling variety and a growing band of first class producers, the country finally seems to be enjoying the recognition it truly deserves.

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Italy

Piedmont to Sicily, an enchanting variety of seriously fine wines

The general quality of Italian wine has never been better and, certainly in Piedmont, there has been a succession of great vintages, broken only by the minor blip that was the tumultuous 2002 vintage. In the UK we seem to be gaining an increasingly insatiable thirst for modern Italian wines. Spearheading the attack is the Piedmontese Nebbiolo grape, in the guise of Barolo, Roero and Barbaresco. The variety is produced in small quantities, needs careful hand tending and has an aromatic subtlety and temperament similar to that of fine Burgundy, from where pioneering growers such as Elio Altare first drew their inspiration. Thirty years ago, in the days when Dolcetto fetched higher prices than Nebbiolo, there was a care only for quantity not quality. At a time when there were very few good winegrowers, Elio Altare was so driven by his passion for wine he even risked being ostracised by his family. Today alongside other pioneers such as Enrico Scavino, Roberto Voerzio and Domenico Clerico, he continues to make some of Italy's most spellbinding wines, whilst encouraging young growers to strive for greatness, too. Marco Marengo, the Corino brothers and Correggia are just a few examples of growers who have benefited from Elio's wise counsel, all of whom make some of the most elegant, exciting and drinkable wines in Piedmont. A star that has risen at lightening speed over the last few years is Azelia. With a raft of fine vineyards in Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga d’Alba Luigi Scavino has brought the estate’s wines to new heights, rivalling, we think, the very best in the region.

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Justerini & Brooks House Wines

About J&B House

Putting your own label on a wine requires no small measure of confidence, that the wine you are promoting stands up to the competition and is good enough to bear the company name. It's for this reason that in recent years we have slimmed down our house selection. It now stands at 6 wines and champagnes, two ports and a brace of cognacs. A selection that we feel truly represents the best value, most true to their origin offerings of their particular type. Our two clarets, the much loved 61 Reserve Claret and our ever popular J&B Pomerol are both made exclusively for us by the Moueix Family - true royalty of the Bordelais Right Bank and producers of wines such as Petrus, Providence, Hosanna and Belair-Monange. We changed our J&B Red Burgundy producer in 2006 and haven't looked back since. The plaudits roll in and the customers who taste this cannot understand how such a fine burgundy can cost so little. The fact that the grapes come from in and around Vosne-Romanee might have something to do with the quality. Our longest running house champagne Sarcey continues to provide complete elegance at a very affordable price tag, whilst the 250th Anniversary blend is now in its 10th year of 100% Pinot Noir popularity. By popular demand indeed!

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Loire

Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir

Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé continue to lead the way as France's most sought -after Appellations Contrôlées. Their popularity has far outgrown that of the Loire Valley's other regions, and this trend shows no signs of abating. Under the craftsmanship of dedicated, passionate winegrowers like Serge Dagueneau, Lucien Crochet and the young Pinard brothers the reputation of the quality of the region’s wines is in good hands. An estate worth singling out is that of Didier Dagueneau, who very tragically died in an accident in 2008, long before his time was due. A perfectionist who did not suffer fools gladly, Didier was passionate about making the best wine he could from the flint and clay soils in Pouilly and is perhaps responsible for proving that the Loire valley could produce some of the world’s best white wines. Didier’s talented son, Benjamin, who had been working at the estate for several years, has taken the reins and is already showing signs of emulating his father.

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New Zealand

Natural winemaking, serious wines

The vineyards of New Zealand lie in between the 35º and 45º latitudes, the European equivalent of between Bordeaux and Southern Spain. However the cold, strong prevailing westerly winds from the Pacific make for a cooler overall climate than the figures suggest. Growing vines on the margins can have some spectacular results, notably Rieslings in the Mosel and Chardonnay in Chablis. Nevertheless, it was not until the 1980s that large-scale plantings of quality varieties got underway. The whole nation's cultural attitudes changed - Müller-Thurgau was replaced by Sauvignon and was planted on the dry gravely riverbeds of Martinborough and Marlborough. Throughout the 1990s, Pinot Noir vineyards sprouted in all parts of both the North and South islands, from Auckland to Central Otago. At Justerini & Brooks we have followed developments carefully. We have worked with New Zealand's most respected and sought-after wineries for more than a dozen years. The highly successful Palliser Estate, is now considered the benchmark for Pinot Noir at both Pencarrow and Palliser levels, it is also producing fabulous Sauvignon that has an extra ripeness and texture in comparison to the grassier examples found in Marlborough. The Estate's long-term viticulturist and winemaker, Allan Johnson, has a great advantage in having this dual role, as he has complete control of the winemaking process from start to finish. He spends twice as much money on viticulture than most of his neighbours and the results speak for themselves. One of our more recent finds is the Foxes Island wines made by highly respected winemaker John Belsham. A domaine approaching 20 years old with a man of John’s experience at the helm was always likely to be of interest and we were bowled over when we tasted his wines. There is a finesse and lightness of touch to the range that makes them gloriously refreshing to drink and definitely echoes John’s experience making wine in France.

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Port

Discovering Port

The spectacular Douro valley is one of the world’s most breathtaking vineyard areas.The Douro’s origins are in Spain (known there as the ‘Duero’) from where it carves its way through Portugal before finally dispersing into the Atlantic Ocean at Oporto. The vine spreads like a rash over 165 kilometres of its slopes, which are sheer enough to make working on them a fatally dangerous experience.This is why a tasting at any one of the hundreds of Quintas is often interrupted by the thunderous echos of dynamite as men try to blast out rock from the hills, paving the way for more workable terraced vineyards.

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Rhône

North and South, two very distinct regions

On a commercial level the Rhône for years has been one of the most successful French wine regions, largely thanks to the most aggressive and prolonged advertising campaigns ever seen by an appellation, for their Côtes du Rhone reds.

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S & SW France

A maze of terroirs and blends and some truly progressive winemaking

In the last ten years, France's battle with New World wine for shelf space has been most competitively fought by the Languedoc-Roussillon. Here in the South of France, growers have adapted to modern trends, producing varietal, fruit- generous wines that seduce new, young consumers. Situated near Pézenas, Domaine Montrose are the ultimate example of the modern Languedoc Estate, producing carefully made varietally-driven wines of charm and personality. From Cabernet/Syrah to Viognier, their wines ooze ripe, juicy fruit flavours whilst retaining a freshness and balance that make them so drinkable.

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Sherry

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In the heartland of Andalucia in southern Spain, a silent revolution has been taking place. The main players are the Palomino Fino grape, chalk albariza soils and a wealth of vinous experience on the part of the Jerezanos. The results from the best producers are refreshing, complex and often inspiring. Sherry is back, with top quality Manzanillas, Finos and Amontillados breathing fresh life into a sensational wine. Styles range from dry, salty (Manzanilla and Fino) to medium and rich Amontillado, Oloroso and Palo Cortado styles. The older Amontillados, Olorosos and Palo Cortados are some of the rarest and most intense examples to be found, offering unique and compelling drinking every bit as complex and exciting as the world’s best wines.

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South Africa

Bridging the gap between the New and Old World

The South African wine industry has come a long way since the end of Apartheid. The surge started with high-volume commercial brands dominating the market, this trend continues still to day, South Africa’s ability to produce white wine from the ubiquitous Chenin Blanc at a price barely achievable anywhere else in the world has made it one of the top value for money choices in the big grocers. However South Africa has been a victim of its own commercial success, pigeon-holed merely as a producer of low-priced wine. Whilst it does this well, there is far more to it than that. This breath-taking country is world-renowned for its bio-diversity, home to a myriad of flora and fauna species, and at last we are starting to see this diversity in its winemaking too. In recent years it has started to build a great reputation for its white wines, slowly but surely, however, we are starting to see the great potential of its reds. Seen as the halfway house between the ‘new’ and ‘old’ worlds South Africa is capable of producing wines that balance generous, ripe fruit flavours with fresh, invigorating acidities – a combination that is starting to prove a hit.

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Spain & Portugal

A hotbed of exciting new winemaking talent

The popularity of brand Rioja shows no signs of abating and is single-handedly supporting Spain's stronghold in the UK. The thirst of the British public for the sweet, soft and juicy flavours that Rioja's Tempranillo grape can offer seems almost unquenchable. The last few years have seen the emergence of intelligent, quality-driven producers who have turned their backs on the traditional extended cask ageing, in favour of a shortened rearing in barrel that allows the wine a slower and more even maturation in bottle. The New World will have to hope that the drip of modern Riojas and Tempranillos seeping into the UK market does not turn into a flood. For, in the best instances, they offer the alluring, generous flavours the likes of Chile and Australia have been seducing the public with for the last ten years, whilst boasting their own unmistakable identity and sense of origin. One of the pioneers of high quality modern style Rioja is the Eguren family. Based in the delightful town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, they produce an impressive array of wines from the engaging unoaked Joven, semi-Crianza and Crianza Saigoba wines, to the exquisite single vineyard Señorio de San Vicente and Amancio wines.

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