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From our base in the Cotswold town of Northleach, we work directly with around 50 growers in a dozen countries. It will come as no surprise to discover that these are typically small family enterprises not large factories. We visit them as frequently as possible, to ensure that we have the detailed knowledge that we expect our clients to demand of us. We and our growers understand the difference between real wine, a natural artisan product, and the big brands made from processed grapes that account for most of the world’s output and which may do little more than fulfil the legal definition of wine, if that. We place a high value on independence, as it is a natural and indeed necessary link with originality.

The growers in our stable are selected by us because they share our belief in what is essential to real wine as opposed to the brain-dead brand. They want their wines to be individual, unique expressions and they have the intelligence, the expertise and the magic ingredient of intuition required to achieve that goal. In the words of Jean-Claude Berrouet, the winemaking hand behind Chateau Petrus for many years - “Wine has the capacity to tell a story – of its soil, its origin, of the weather when it was made. My obsession is that any wine I make should be authentic and original. The winemaker should be humble. Wines should not express the character of the person who makes them. They are the story of a piece of ground, a region and a year.”

Mark Savage M.W. Owner and Chief Executive

Master of Wine since 1980, with over 40 years experience in the wine trade. Widely regarded in the trade as the possessor of a particularly acute palate, which he personally likes to think is more easily impressed by delicacy and finesse than by mere power. He has been a frequent judge at major wine competitions in the UK and USA.

Some other opinions...

'A magnificently eccentric collection... One of Britain’s most fastidious wine merchants'
Jancis Robinson

'His range is about as original as they come. There are no concessions to fashion here, just a collection of wines that he has ferreted out in his four decades in the trade….we were never disappointed with anything we tried. So if you want ‘real’ wine rather than processed grape juice, just put yourself in the hands of a Savage'
Which? Wine Guide

'I have a lot of time for Mark Savage MW…one of the most dedicated wine merchants in the country'
Paul Levy, The Observer

'I believe him implicitly'
Auberon Waugh

'I don’t think Mark Savage could buy a dull wine if he tried'
Oz Clarke’s Wine Guide

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