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Trophy winners

Best Sparkling Wine

Best Fortified Wine

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve

Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old Bual Madeira

CHAMPAGNE FRANCE NV

DOURO PORTUGAL 2005

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hampagne Charles Heidsieck – the smallest of the classic “Grandes Marques” Champagne houses – is a serial winner in the the Wine Merchant Top 100 competition, regularly featuring in the final selection and picking up trophies over the years. This year’s set of judges were no less impressed by the quality on show in the company’s peerless Rosé Réserve. It’s a wine that is a real showcase of the art of sparkling wine blending. The base, vintage wine (80% of the final blend) is equal parts Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; the reserve wines are 50/50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. So far so complex. Then factor in 5% to 6% that is vinified as a red wine, for body, texture and red-fruit fragance. The result? “A really classy wine with lots of structure and depth – very vinous but with delicious red fruit and crisp apple, and complex notes of brioche and superb length and balance.” Liberty Wines RRP £67.99

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ABV 12%

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adeira has long been the quintessential insider’s wine. More than a few wine trade luminaries – step forward Jancis Robinson MW among others – have listed these distinctive fortifieds as their preferred desert-island choice. But it doesn’t always find the space on wine lists and merchant shelves it deserves. If that situation is to change, it will be down to the sheer quality and bang-for-buck quotient of wines such as this year’s Wine Merchant Top 100 Best Fortified Wine trophy winner. From a company with more than a century and a half ’s worth of history (it was founded in 1850), and the only major producer on the island today to own its own vineyards, this blend of wines made from the Bual variety and aged for an average age of 10 years charmed the judges. “Delicious rum and raisin richness and toffee notes that are so inviting,” the judges said. “It has really lovely balance and length – with lift as well as intensity.” Mentzendorff RRP £20.73

ABV 19.5%

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The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019  

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