Fine French wines from specialist merchant Seabright and Seabright will go on display at the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) next week after scooping a top prize.
Four wines, available exclusively through Seabright and Seabright in the UK, were selected for the Prestige Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon award by celebrity wine buffs including Tim Atkin.
They were picked out in a blind tasting of over 200 different contenders by an judging panel chaired by Charles Metcalfe. It included the head sommelier at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Arnaud Goubet, and wine journalists Isabelle Legeron, Joanna Simon and Anthony Rose.
Seabright and Seabright specialises in bringing regional French wine to the UK from some of the most consistent, award-winning winemakers in France.
Director Andrew Seabright said: “We’re thrilled a panel of top UK judges has recognised the quality of our wines. Our wines have long been acclaimed in France for the excellence and passion of their vignerons so we’re delighted to be finally bringing them to Britain.”
The winning bottles include:
- The two top cuvées from Domaine Piquemal in Roussillon (Galatée 2008 and Pygmalion 2007), which represent femininity and masculinity respectively
- The Vent d’Est 2007, from Domaine de Cabrol in Cabardes, which is made only in years when the prevailing wind is from the east
- Alma Soror 2008 from Chateau de la Tuilerie which is made from 100% old vine Merlot in the area south of Nimes on the Mediterranean
The winning wines will also take pride of place at the Sud de France festival in Cavendish Square in September.
Sébastien du Boullay, food & wine promotions manager at Sud de France said: “We organised this competition to showcase the very best wines from this wonderful region. The winning wines represent the crème de la crème of that which can be achieved by the most passionate and skilled winemakers.”