NEWS & INSIGHT
Top Selection Strengthens California Portfolio
We are pleased to announce the expansion of our Californian portfolio with the addition of two boutique Napa wineries – Elizabeth Spencer and Trois Noix– who enter the UK market for the first time. The wines will complement our existing California range which includes the Charles Krug, Duckhorn Portfolio, Precision Wines, and Laurel Glen.
Elizabeth Spencer, set in the heart of Napa Valley, Rutherford Cross Estate was founded in 1998 by husband-and-wife team, Spencer Graham and Elizabeth Pressler. Elizabeth Spencer have cultivated strong relationships with an important network of outstanding and prestigious vineyard growers. These relationships facilitate the opportunity to farm and produce a multitude of wines from almost every AVA in Napa Valley, sourcing vividly fresh fruit for endearingly delicious wines.
Trois Noix, founded in 2013 by Jaime Araujo, was born out of a lifelong love of wine. This Estate is a bridge between “Established Napa” and “Next Napa,” with the goal of making fresh and precise wines that hold a sense of place, inviting others with a shared love of wine. While Trois Noix push the boundaries, they retain tradition in their winemaking. They make wines that are enjoyable and pleasurable – fresh, precise, and approachable with structure to last.
Both wineries attended our recent Annual Portfolio Tasting and stock is immediately available. For further information on the range and pricing email: email@example.com
Top Selection Sign Distribution Agreement With Penfolds
Top Selection are delighted to announce a new partnership with iconic Australian wine brand Penfolds, with a specific remit to grow the brand in fine dining restaurants and luxury hotels. The partnership takes immediate effect and sees us initially carrying eight wines from the Penfolds Collection; from the highly-regarded Bin 311 Chardonnay through to an allocation of the brand’s ‘luxury and icon’ tier, including Yattarna and Grange, the pinnacle of the range.
Weingut Egon Muller named Best Fine Wine Producer in Europe at the inaugural Golden Vines Awards.
Top Selection is raising a glass to Weingut Egon Muller for winning the inaugural SGC Golden Vines Best Fine Wine Producer in Europe Award.
On Thursday 7th October the elite of the wine world, collectors and wine lovers convened at Annabels in London to celebrate the 2021 Golden Vines Awards. Organised by Liquid Icons, the not-for-profit Golden Vines ® Awards recognises the ‘star performers of the fine wine industry’, as well as raising funds for the Gérard Basset Foundation with the aim of funding diversity and inclusion-related wine education programmes,
Top Selection founders, Akos & Michelle Forczek joined Egon Muller at this prestigious event to help celebrate his award. READ MORE to view Akos’ report of the evening.
Charles Krug Makes UK Debut With Top Selection
We are proud to announce our new partnership with Iconic Napa Valley winery Charles Krug. Owned by the famed Mondavi family, this is the first time in its 160 year history that Napa Valley’s oldest estate will commercially export their wines to Europe.
Prussian immigrant Charles Krug established his eponymous winery in 1861, building a reputation for innovation in winemaking and viticulture which exists to this day. Owned by the Mondavi family since 1943 the St Helena estate was revitalised under the leadership of the legendary Peter Mondavi Snr. Producing some of Napa’s finest wines, Charles Krug now extends to 850 acres of prime vineyard sites and remains under the passionate stewardship of the 4th and 5th generations of the family.
For further information and wine availability please contact your account manager.
The Rise Of English Sparkling Wine
English sparkling wine is riding the crest of a wave at present, Quality and choice has never been better, with wines of distinct personality which stand side by side with Champagne. To coincide with English Wine Week, Private Client Sales Manager, Nicolas Planty discusses the reasons why and introduces Mountfield Estate from East Sussex.
Introducing M–G Grande Cuvée Rosé
Say hello to our new award-winning Provence rosé from Maison Gutowski. Entering the UK market for the first time, M–G Grande Cuvée sits at the top of our rosé portfolio. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault & Rolle, taken from specially selected old vine sites from the best terroirs in the Côtes de Provence.
This is a delicious “gourmand” wine that combines an enticing floral, white peach and red berry bouquet with a silky texture and lingering finish in the mouth. For availability and further information please contact your account manager.
Top Selection Welcomes Chateau Trianon
We are pleased to welcome acclaimed Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Estate, Château Trianon to the Top Selection fold. A great addition to our Bordeaux portfolio.
Sited in the south west of the appellation, Château Trianon can trace its history back to the 17th century. A symbol of elegance and refinement that is reflected in its wines, Trianon refers to the Grand Trianon of Versailles. The story goes that a steward of Louis XIV had the Château built and named it “Trianon” in homage to Versailles.
Seeing the potential Dominique Hébrard, former co-owner and winemaker of Château Cheval Blanc, purchased the 14 hectare estate in 2000. Since then he has overseen extensive re-development of the vineyards and winery to drive his ambition of achieving Grand Cru Classé status in the near future.
Fine Wine Merchant of the Year 2020
We are delighted to announce that once again Top Selection have won the Sommelier Wine Awards Fine Wine Merchant of the Year Award, an unprecedented third consecutive FWMOY award and a fifth straight Merchant Award from this prestigious competition.
From our 116 entries we achieved an impressive haul of 65 medals, with over 85% of the wines being commended or higher, including:
15 Gold Medals
30 Silver Medals
20 Bronze Medals
We are honoured and delighted to again receive this recognition from the UK trade. Thank you for your support!
DUCKHORN MOVES TO TOP SELECTION
25 February 2020
We are excited to announce that iconic Californian producer Duckhorn has consolidated its entire UK distribution with Top Selection. We will be distributing the eponymous Duckhorn wines and brands including; Decoy, Goldeneye, Migration, Canvasback and Kosta Browne, which move from previous importer, The Wine Treasury. The portfolio includes wines from Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast California as well as Washington State.
Explaining the move, Brian Bostwick, Duckhorn Export Director comments: “We feel the time is right to consolidate our distribution in the UK. Duckhorn has ambitious plans for the UK market, particularly growth across the range within the premium on-trade and off-trade. Top Selection has a proven presence in these channels and the team has impressed us with the work they have been doing with Calera.”
Top Selection Chairman, Ákos Forczek adds: “Interest and appreciation of premium Californian wines in the UK market is on the up and you need look no further than Duckhorn for examples that illustrate the terroir driven quality and diversity of styles coming from the west coast. We look forward to working with Brian and the team to build sales of the brands in the UK.”
The range will be available to order from Top Selection from March 1st and will be on show at the Top Selection annual portfolio tasting on February 25th and the Essential California London tasting on March 12th.
VILLA SALETTA JOIN TOP SELECTION PORTFOLIO
3 February 2020
We are delighted to announce boutique Tuscan winery, Villa Saletta have appointed Top Selection as exclusive UK distributors for their range of award-winning IGT Toscana and DOCG Chianti wines.
The historic 1,760- acre estate was purchased by UK financier Guy Hands and his wife Julia in 2000, with a vision to restore a rich winemaking tradition that could be traced back to 980AD. Following considerable investment in the renovation of old vines and new plots, Villa Saletta has 22 hectares, planted with Sangiovese and international varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
We will initially import 5 wines, including the range topping “Super Tuscan” 980AD, IWSC Gold Medal winning Chiave di Saletta and a DOCG Chianti. Head Winemaker, David Landini, will be attending the Top Selection Portfolio Tasting on February 25th to launch the wines to the trade. For further information please contact your account manager.