Fields, Morris & Verdin adds Rhône house, Château La Nerthe to its portfolio

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From September 2019, Fields, Morris & Verdin is thrilled to announce the addition of Château La Nerthe to its agency portfolio.

Parent company of Fields, Morris & Verdin, Berry Bros. & Rudd, has been stockists of Château La Nerthe for over twenty years. Fields, Morris & Verdin is now delighted to bring the agency under exclusive representation across the FM&V trade network, nationwide.

Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The estate’s impressive Château was built in the 18th Century and winery records date back to 1560. Family-owned since its inception, the property was bought by the Richard family in the mid-1980s who own various properties in Bordeaux and Beaujolais, as well as a significant wine distribution business in Paris.

Rhône buyer, Fiona Hayes comments: “This is a great new addition to the FM&V portfolio. La Nerthe complements our well-established Rhône range and offers great synergy between ourselves and the Château – it being one of the oldest Châteauneuf-du-Pape estates, and a family run business. Their young and dynamic winemaking team produce wines of great purity and balance.”

Corinne Richard of Château La Nerthe comments: “Our family has serviced restaurants in Paris since 1892. Today as wholesalers, vine growers, winemakers, and still a 100% family operation, we are delighted that our flagship property, Château La Nerthe, can partner with such a historic and pioneering wine family as Berry Bros. & Rudd and FM&V.”

Adrien Brun, head of European sales comments: “We have enjoyed a very successful relationship with Berry Bros. & Rudd for 25 years. It feels only natural now that we are now adding the distribution through Fields, Morris and Verdin to their on-and off-trade clients.”

Château La Nerthe has a reputation for producing wines with great freshness and balance thanks to early picking to maintain acidity. A mix of 600 litre foudre and small and medium-sized barrels or tanks for vinification in the red Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines helps achieve balance and integration.

FM&V will be offering a new and exciting library release programme from La Nerthe. This is for highly regarded vintages that are drinking well 10 years after their first release. The 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape will be released in January 2020. These wines will be presented as part of a sneak peek tasting in late September.

FM&V will be initially focusing on four key wines as well as several older cuvées from the library programme. A 2010 En Primeur release will also be made available in early January.

The following wines will be available in stock from week commencing 9th September:

  • Cassagnes de la Nerthe Rouge 2018
  • Cassagnes de la Nerthe Blanc 2019 (coming soon)
  • Chateau La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016
  • Chateau La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc 2018

On Wednesday 25 September, FM&V will be hosting a tasting to showcase a selection of wines available in the UK, in the Pickering Cellar at Berry Bros. & Rudd at No.3 St James’s Street. RSVP to FMVmarketing@fmv.co.uk