A Portfolio Tasting in Scotland

A Portfolio Tasting in Scotland

Thursday 4th October 2018
by Alasdair Lawson-Dick

Last week we welcomed guests to the New Club in Edinburgh for a Portfolio tasting, our first tasting in Scotland for two years.

With views overlooking Edinburgh Castle, the top floor rooms at the New Club provided the perfect setting to showcase a snapshot of our 3,000 strong portfolio. It is always a daunting process for our Buyers to pick a broad sweep of bottles to show clients at our tastings, representing some of our best and brightest producers, however, with more than 100 wines opened from across France, Germany, Spain, Austria, South Africa, Champagne, America, South America, Australia and New Zealand, there were plenty of old favourites and new gems for guests to discover.

As guests entered they were treated to a selection of white wines from Spain and Germany, including our Rias Baixas and the ever popular Ossian from Spain, and Okonomierat Rebholz, Schloss Lieser and Von Schubert from Germany. Rebholz, in particular, displayed uncompromising, precise and pure examples. 

The wines of the Loire followed, with bottles on show from Famille Lieubeau, Domaine Beausejour, Lucien Crochet, Vincent Pinard, Thibaud Boudignon and Domaine de la Taille aux Loups. This made way for the whites from Burgundy and the Jura, including: Christophe Denizot, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, Bachelet Monnot, Domaine Oudin, Bruno Clair and Château de Meursault from Burgundy and Domaine du Pelican from the Jura.  Domaine du Pelican showing particularly well – these exceptional biodynamic wines mix finesse with thrilling Jurassien character.

To round off the whites, there were bottles on show from Domaine Montrose, Chêne Bleu and Domaine Boucabeille as well as gems from Italy, including: Gini, Rocca del Principe, Tenuta delle Terre Nere.