What European and New World wines have to offer…
Though the fine wine market is still very focused on French wines, It’s opening up more and more to the fine wines emanating from other European countries and the new world.
At Filips Wine we are keeping a close eye on the needs of our clients and thanks to our supplier and client networks, we are able to buy and sell an increasing quantity of non-French wines. Italian, Spanish, German as well as the more opulent Californian and Australian wines now represent at least 10% of our stocks. This percentage is increasing year by year, a trend which is unlikely to change in the coming years as wine drinkers and collectors are increasingly keen to expand their range.
Our selection of wines from around the world
A world tour of grands crus
After France, Italy is the second most important country in the world when it comes to its wine heritage. Like Burgundy, Piedmont is a treasure trove of complex and subtle terroirs that sees the Nebbiolo grape come to the fore majestically, very much like the Pinot Noir grape in Burgundy. Tuscany is famous for its so-called “super Tuscan” wines, as well as its more traditional wines from Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Finally, the rich, sweet wines of the Veneto region, often well-rated by international journalists, are becoming increasingly sought-after on the fine wine market. Star estates such as Gaja, Bruno Giacosa, Giacomo Conterno, Sassicaia and Quintarelli appear regularly in our catalogue.
Spain is no longer a country that produces for the most part large quantities of cheap wines of mediocre quality. Year by year, the quality of Spanish wines continues to improve. More and more estates from well-known wine regions like Rioja and Ribeiro del Duero are now making their mark and other regions like Priorat are being discovered and put on the map by young innovative wine makers. Vega Sicilia, Pingus, Alvaro Palacios are just a few of the names that are greatly appreciated by fine wine buyers today.
Australia & New Zealand
It is easy to understand why European grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah (called Shiraz in Australia), Pinot Noir (especially in New Zeeland) and Chardonnay have performed so well in these two countries. Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace are internationally renowned wines, and it’s probably only a matter of time before the same can be said about certain top quality Pinot Noirs coming from New Zealand.
With a rich wine history dating back to ancient times, Germany produces a large array of high-quality white wines, mostly coming from the Rhine valley. The Riesling grape is at its finest here, and the wines are classified according to their sugar content. Riesling TBAs from Egon Müller or JJ Prüm are considered to be some of the greatest white wines produced today as well as being amongst the most expensive.
There is more and more talk about the Cabernets from Napa Valley, the Chardonnays from Sonoma and the Pinot Noirs from Oregon. Estates like Screaming Eagle, Harlan and Colgin are now competing and rivalling in quality with the major Châteaux in Bordeaux, something which was unthinkable 20 years ago.
Chile and Argentina
Although vineyards have existed in both countries since the 19th century, the quality of the wines remained very basic for a long time. Thanks partly to major international investments, the quality has improved considerably in the past thirty years, and today, many wines are attracting increasing attention from buyers and collectors all over the world. A few examples worth mentioning are Almaviva, Sena and the premium wines from the Catena Zapata estate.
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