HM Jancis Robinson OBE MW proclaims..

by Patrick Sandeman

Following our large and very well attended tasting at the Vintners’ Hall in mid October, a number of wines have been already been written about by various journalists, and finally Jancis Robinson has published her notes on her website.

Not all of her notes are as complimentary as we would wish them to be (nobody enjoys criticism of their own children), and we cannot help but feel that many are at odds with the final expression or score given, but then there were a huge number of wines to taste, which Jancis completed with her usual diligence.

She did, however, give us a wonderful ‘puff’ which we are very proud to share:

‘Independent London merchants Charles Lea and Patrick Sandeman have built up an excellent reputation for real quality of wine and service. And what I like about them particularly is that they do all the hard work themselves. Rather than just sit back and wait for brokers, agents and importers to come and sell to them, they make much more effort than most retailers of their relatively modest size to go abroad and sniff out fine wines themselves.

The following wines were shown, categorised as below, at a tasting of their current wares in Vintners’ Hall, London. (Patrick S is a Vintner.) I was extremely impressed overall, and particularly delighted to see that they are now selling the excellent Friuli whites of I Clivi.’ (We have for three years now. Ed)

We will be publishing a list of the tasting notes shortly, but but they can of course be viewed in full at