Charles Taylor Wines

11 July, 2008

59 Kennington Road, London SE1 7PZ

T: 020 7928 8151

E: alexandra@charlestaylorwines.com

Established: 1986

Brands: Vincent Girardin, Château Thieuley, Château Patache d'Aux, Jean-Claude Chatelain, Champagne Tarlant (France)

Off-trade split: 100%

Key personnel: Charles Taylor MW, director; Louisa de Faye Perkins, director; Alexandra Esmonde-White, buying and marketing manager

Charles Taylor Wines is a major supplier of domain-bottled Burgundy to the UK trade, with additional agencies for independent properties

in France and Germany.

It plans to

expand

its ex-cellars business.




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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