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The Bunch Telegraph Wine Offer

By Alastair Marshall, also posted in News on

The Bunch LogoThe Bunch is a group of Britain’s best independent wine merchants which champions the causes of both the independent wine trade and individual, grower-made wines. The group meets regularly and its activities have included the formulation of a Code of Practice, the establishment of the popular Bunch Journalist Tasting and the sharing of interesting bottles and news at The Bunch Lunch and Dinner. The six members are Adnams, Corney & Barrow, Berry Bros. & Rudd, Lea & Sandeman, Tanners and Yapp Bros. The Chairman of the Bunch is Alastair Marshall of Adnams. The Bunch Spring Case In conjunction with prize-winning wine writer Victoria Moore, on the 5th April The Telegraph newspaper is offering a mixed dozen bottles which consists of two examples from each member of the Bunch. This is a unique opportunity to sample a broad view of what some of Britain's finest independent wine merchants have to offer. Victoria’s selection from Adnams* consists of  characterful red, the 2012 Costières de Nimes from Domaine de la Cadenette (£7.99) and the delicious dry white Basa, Rueda Blanco made by the iconic Spanish winemaker Telmo Rodriguez (£8.99). The above wines are available individually from Adnams but the complete mixed case can be purchased online here or by calling 01743 234455 (£127, including UK delivery). The Bunch proclaim that they offer ‘wines less ordinary’ and this is a perfect opportunity for you to see why one of Britain’s top wine writers thinks that this is the case. Happy tasting, Alastair Marshall. You can download a pdf of Victoria's article in The Telegraph here. *STOP PRESS 9.4.2014: Some of the wines have now sold out. However, all is not lost! Victoria has selected another two wines, as she explains below: "It proved so much more popular than we expected that I have made a couple of switches to the running order and wanted to explain them personally and also to say that it's still a fantastic case of wine. The 2012 La Cadenette Costieres de Nimes sold out and rather than replacing it with the 2013 which I think still tastes a bit young I've taken the liberty of switching both Adnams wines for another pair, costing the same, that I love just as much.  Here's why. Adnams White Burgundy is a wine I go back and back to; an unoaked white chardonnay that impresses my wine-smart friends as much as it does those who just want a glass of something white and chilled. It made my top ten must-haves in  The Telegraph at the end of last year and many readers emailed to say they wished they lived near enough to an Adnams to try a single bottle. Cruz de la Piedra is, like the Costières de Nimes, based on Grenache or Garnacha as it is known in the north-eastern corner of  Spain where this extremely good value, velvet-textured red (it makes me think of giant, open blowsy crimson roses) is made. We could have swapped  just one wine. But this new pair - one French and one Spanish - gives a better taster of what Adnams can do. Plus I really really love these wines and came within an ace of making the case with these two in the first place. I hope they meet your approval too." Victoria Moore The Weekend Telegraph  


Alastair Marshall