L&S awarded ‘En Primeur’ Merchant of the Year (IWC)

by Charles Lea

International Wine Challenge (IWC) Merchant Awards

IWC Merchant Awards

Strictly Come Wine Tasting?

On the 18th of July, at the 30th anniversary of the IWC awards, Lea & Sandeman was awarded ‘En Primeur Merchant of the Year’,

All the L&S team are absolutely delighted to have been given this award by such a high-calibre panel, (Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Sam Harrop MW, Peter McCombie MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW) and judged against such formidable competition. By all accounts the judges liked the way we have given advice and held strong opinions, on both Burgundy and Bordeaux.

We were awarded a (the only) Highly Commended in the hotly-contested category of London Merchant of the Year, which we have won for the last four years, so it is perhaps someone else’s turn. We will be back!

In addition to these two awards, we were in a short-list of only three for ‘Large Independent Merchant of the Year’, a category we only just squeak into as it is for merchants countrywide with 4-14 outlets. This is a great accolade for all the work put in by all the team in all 4 of our shops.

We were also short-listed for the specialist categories of Champagne and Sparkling Merchant of the Year, and for Burgundy Merchant of the Year.

Lea & Sandeman Team 2013

L&S Fulham Road Team

With heartfelt thanks to our customers, whose long-term support or one-off orders are all welcome, and we never take any of them (customers or orders) for granted. We invite you to celebrate this with us, as well as the new royal heir, with our Royal Warranted Champagne special offer (Bolly, Roederer and Pol all at £30 per bottle). This offer will only run to the end of the month, so get your skates on!

It is also possible to take a last look at the 2012 Bordeaux primeurs pages, should you realise that maybe we were right all along saying that there is good value for drinkers in the ’12s, it’s very often just lower down the price scale than you might have thought.

IWC Awards 2013-14