L&S Shop Staff Wine Selection

Lea & Sandeman is about wines to drink - not just wines to impress at tastings. They particularly emphasise drinkability and try to offer wines which do not just impress on first taste, but leave you wanting another glass.

More important than meeting price points, Lea and Sandeman is about value for money. From the very beginning this meant sourcing wines direct from growers. Although many of the domaines and growers on their list today are the same as when they started, their range has developed over the years, reflecting the introduction of both traditional and innovative producers. They are not name-buyers, they are quality buyers - their Sauvignon de Touraine is better than cheaper Sancerres, their Sancerre is among the best in the appellation.

"Lea & Sandeman - a firm of which I am a great admirer. A good measure of an independent merchant is how it buys. Deduct 10 points for those who simply ring round the wholesale importers; add 15 for those who, like Charles Lea, take the trouble to scout around the byways of the world's wine regions in search of exclusive little trouvailles... Their strength is in the wine world's classics (of which they have a constantly changing stock), characterful bargains from southern France, Valdespino connoisseur Sherries, and evidence of the Italian wine revolution that is shamefully rare in Britain." - Jancis Robinson in the Financial Times

Lea & Sandeman is about wine with personality. Their search for quality has led them to producers who work for the best expression of terroir and grape varieties, with the minimum of intervention, resulting in wines which are not only refreshing, but also uplifting to drink.

When Lea & Sandeman opened their first shop on the Fulham Road in 1988, the aim was to bring the full service of the traditional wine merchants to the High Street in an updated form. So they offer advice, en primeur offers of Bordeaux and Burgundy, cellar planning, as well as wines for immediate drinking.


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Where to find Lea & Sandeman

Purchase online with Lea & Sandeman from their newly redesigned website, or at their shops in Chelsea, Kensington, Barnes and Chiswick, which have won many accolades over the years.

"Probably the best wine shop in the country for selection, layout and quality of advice and service, offering interesting, individual wines from all over the world. Lea & Sandeman concentrate on fine wines, but there is plenty to be had here at reasonable prices."- Time Out