Charles Taylor Wines

13 July, 2007

59 Kennington Road

London SE1 7PZ

T: 0207 928 8151


Established: 1986

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

Off-trade split: 100 per cent

Europe/New World split: 100/0

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

Charles Taylor MW is planning to grow the number of Burgundy, French and German estates his agency represents in the coming year and to market them more, notably at trade events such as SITT and France Under One Roof. The agency has seen sales grow after recruiting Henry Matson and Edward Burnett to its sales team, partly thanks to the 2005 vintage.

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All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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