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Sheldons Wine Cellars, Cotswolds

Cotswold wine merchant Bennetts Fine Wines has now become Sheldons Wine Cellars in Shipston-on-Stour!

logoThe shop has an impressive array of top quality (and top price) Claret, Burgundy, Champagne and Port. However delve only a little deeper and there are many exciting finds from regional France, elsewhere in Europe and the New World – especially New Zealand.
I have a particular passion for the lesser-known wines of the French regions, and I tend to judge a wine merchant by their discoveries from non-classic France – partly because some are too dismissive of such wines, and also because whilst there are many fantastic wines here, the merchant has to be selective to choose only the better producers, and this can take some work.

Hence  Sheldons Wine Cellars passes my test with flying colours – not because of the volume of French regional wines, but because their selection looks excellent. I would not have expected to see a Cotes Roannaises AC, a Gamay from the Upper Loire (Robert Serol). Great to see Madirans from Chateau de Viella, Pic St Loup (Languedoc) from Chateau de Lascaux and the wonderful Jurancons from Domaine Cauhapé. Another rarity are the Collioure AC wines from Domaine de la Rectorie and Domaine Pietri-Geraud!
Well, if the rest of their list is as thoughtfully and adventurously chosen as these, then this has to be a shop worth visiting and a list worth exploring!
Tastings scheduled.

The Bennetts premises in Chipping Campden is now  Toke’s Food and Drink, which is owned and run by William Bennett.

The old-style shop is complemented by an excellent website (see www.sheldonswines.com), mail order service, nationwide delivery, bottles open for tasting in the shop every Saturday and a series of wine tasting events held throughout the winter. Now with a Courtyard Café/Wine Bar at Shipston

Facebook linkSheldons Wine Cellarstwitter link New Street, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4EN t: 01608 661409

 

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