Ten Acre Wines (ten-acre.com) imports the wines of some terrific small domaines into the UK. Owner Brian Peacock has been in the wine trade for almost 40 years, a good part of it as wine buyer for the award-winning La Réserve wine merchants chain in London. Along with Sales Manager Jo Burns, ex-La Réserve Manager and Fine+Rare Wines, the pair have put their decades of experience into sourcing some exceptional wines. As Brian says, “We don’t deal in anonymous wines sourced from vast corporations where the only difference is between label colours; our customers demand value and quality, but they also want their wines to have vitality and a sense of place.”
I’ve just tasted two outstanding examples of this philosophy in action: a seldom-seen Pinot Noir from the Vendée appellation of the Loire Valley, and, even rarer from the Loire, a Gamay from the Côte Roannaise. Definitely not your standard supermarket fare. There is no minimum order with Ten Acre (buy a single bottle if you wish!) but be aware that delivery is £10 on orders under £300, free if spending £300 or more,
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