These new wines give us a brilliant range of traditional Sherries as well as some unique wines that will really excite consumers and help bring the category to an ever greater audience.
(PRWEB UK) 5 April 2013
After an extensive search lasting more than two years, Bibendum has launched its first exclusive Sherries for more than a decade. The nine new wines are sourced from three producers: Lustau in Jerez, Bodegas Delgado Zuleta from Sanlucar de Barrameda and Bodegas Alvear from Montilla-Moriles.
Stuart Grundy, Director of Buying for the northern hemisphere, said: “We had been looking for the right partnership for a long time and then, rather like London buses, three fantastic opportunities came along at once. What is particularly pleasing is the way the producers complement each other. Lustau brings the very best of Jerez including the superb La Ina brand; Delgado Zuleta, with its Rodriguez La Cave label, is one of the finest producers of Manzanilla; and Alvear makes incredible, unique wines that really showcase the brilliance of the Montilla-Moriles region.”
Bibendum’s partnership with Lustau sees it take over distribution of three established brands that Lustau acquired from Domecq in 2008: La Ina Fino, Botaina Dry Amontillado and Rio Viejo Dry Oloroso. The Fino solera that produces La Ina was founded in 1919 in the shadow of the Great War, and Lustau have continued to produce this brilliant wine just as it has always been done, using the original 94-year-old solera.
Bibendum is importing three outstanding Manzanillas from the family-owned Delgado Zuleta: the superb Barbiana Manzanilla and Goyesco Amontillado which are sold under the Rodriguez La Cave label; and the Delgado Zuleta Manzanilla Goya XL En Rama, described by the late great John Radford as “a masterpiece.”
The final piece of this Andalucian jigsaw is not technically Sherry at all. Also family-owned, Bodegas Alvear is the oldest domaine in Montilla-Moriles which has a separate DO to that of Jerez-Xeres-Sherry. Alvear is famed for its intense Pedro Ximenez sweet wines and Bibendum are importing two such wines: one from the 2011 vintage and a second from a solera established in 1927. Bibendum are also listing the Fino CB, a highly unusual Fino-style wine made in Montilla-Moriles from the Pedro Ximenez grape.
Bibendum Managing Director Michael Saunders said: “Our customers are constantly challenging us to find new, interesting wines and this trio of new producers certainly meets that requirement. These additions give us a brilliant range of traditional Sherries as well as some unique wines that will really excite consumers and help bring the category to an ever greater audience. We have already seen strong interest from both the on trade and independent merchants and expect these wines to be a huge success.”
These new wines further strengthen Bibendum’s extensive Spanish portfolio that includes Tomas Cusine (Costers del Segre), Bodegas Castro Martin (Rias Baixas), Dinastia Vivanco (Rioja), DSG Vineyards (Rioja), Bernabeleva (Madrid), Acustic Cellar (Priorat) and Bodegas Tabula (Ribera del Duero).