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December 9, 2016

Best Selling Wines from Our Christmas Tastings

Bon Coeur Wine Tasting


What an exciting few weeks it has been at Bon Coeur with our Christmas wine tastings taking place across the country. We kicked off our tastings on Monday 21st November in central London with our Newmarket tasting the following evening at the Jockey Club Rooms.


The next week proved even busier with our northern wine tastings, Monday we headed up to Matfen Hall Hotel for our Northumberland tasting, Tuesday we were kindly welcomed into Birdsall House, Malton by Tom Willoughby and Thursday we were on home soil at Moor Park with our final tasting of the season.


It was great to see so many of our customers at the tastings as well as some welcomed new faces. We were delighted to be showing over 60 wines with half of them new additions to our list. A great chance for our customers to try something new and discover some new favourites for the festive season.


We had some great feedback on the wines and I have highlighted our top selling wines from our Christmas wine tastings.


Top sparkling wines



Jacques Boncoeur Brut Reserve Champagne N.V.
Our award winning house Champagne that gives many Grand Marques a run for their money.

Vilarnau Cava Brut Reserva, Spain N.V.
Our new Cava has really caused a stir, fantastic quality, great label and our first parcel sold out immediately.


Top Festive white wines



Macon Blanc, Vignerons Des Terre Secretes, France 2014
Really impressive Macon, seriously over-delivers and at £8.99 you can’t go wrong.

Wild Rock ‘Infamous Goose’ Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2015
Delicious Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from top New Zealand producer Wild Rock.

Cune Monopole Unoaked Blanco Rioja, Spain 2015
Bored of Chardonnay, this white Rioja is unoaked and really hits the spot.

Fiano, Mezzogiorno IGT, Italy 2014
Easy drinking and excellent value for money. Fantastic for Christmas parties.


Top festive red wines



Coteaux Bourgignonne, Maison Roche De Bellene 2014
Excellent value Red Burgundy from Nicolas Potel at Maison Roche de Bellene. 70% Gamay and 30% Pinot Noir, easy drinking and perfect for over Christmas.

Marques De Murrieta Reserva Rioja 2010
A favourite in the office too – impressive, single estate Rioja, traditional in style and very elegant.

Chateau Tour Saint Bonnet, Cru Bourgeois 2008
Top selling Claret from the tasting and one of James Goodhart’s favourite Cru Bourgeois. A big name and hugely popular.

Domaine De Tholomies ‘La Chapelle’ Syrah/Grenache 2014
Big, bold and packed full of flavour, this new organic wine has made quite an impression. Well worth trying if you haven’t done so already.


Once again, thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas wine tastings, we hope you enjoyed them. We welcome your feedback to help us keep improving our events, please email All of these wines can be found on our website, or please call the office for more help. If you would like to be added to our events list, please email


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September 21, 2016

Franschheok Cellar Ladies Lunch


Franschhoek Ladies Lunch


It certainly has been a busy year at Bon Coeur. We’ve done golf days, we’ve done the races and they were a great success. However what become apparent was that there was a lack of female faces – Trish and I began to feel rather outnumbered. So in honour of our fair ladies we teamed up with Franschhoek Cellar and arranged a ladies lunch at the beautiful Grays Court, York, to say thank you for their support and help them get to know us and our wines a little better.


Snuggled next to the Treasurer’s House and in throwing distance ofRachel, Mustard and Punch the Minster, Grays Court is an absolute gem of a place, bedecked in original features and large light windows it is elegant and cosy, the perfect place to host our ladies. It also boasts fantastic chefs and local ingredients, preparing top quality food, so it was only right that we accompany the lunch with the fantastic Franschhoek range. Franschhoek is known as the eating capital of South Africa and its wine production reflects the same expectation of brilliance as it does with its food. As an important pillar within the Franschhoek community, they consider their wines to be ambassadors which represent the true nature and diversity of this magnificent region. With such amazing food and wine forecast, the day was sure to be a good one.


There was a great mix of ladies lunching; a few existing customers and some new faces. There was also our very own Paul and Ben, and Franschhoek Cellar’s Steve Atkinson who made up the male number of our party, feeling rather outnumbered but made a chivalrous effort to entertain us, sharing their knowledge of the wines we were tasting. It was fascinating hearing about South African winemaking which I feel is rather underrated judging from the lack of press they get and the excellent quality of the wines we tasted – indeed I discovered a new favourite! Franschhoek Pinotage is now a firm lodger in my wine rack and will strictly only be shared with my absolute favourites.


Having enjoyed a delicious lunch of chicken liver pâté starter, butter-roasted breast of chicken & Dauphinoise potato & a medley of beautiful chocolate puddings I, along with the lovely ladies that joined us, felt incredibly pleased with ourselves but weren’t quite ready to call it a day as we were enjoying each other’s company so we risked the overcast skies outside and ventured into the garden of Grays Court. And what a garden! Sheltered by York’s castle wall it is as beautiful as the hotel itself. Accompanied by a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee we were close to paradise!




Bon Coeur’s Ladies Lunch was a great success I believe. It was filled with laughter and fabulous food and wine, there were friendships rekindled and new ones established.


On behalf of Bon Coeur I would like to give a big thank you to Steve Atkinson for his support that day, and Helen Heraty of Grays Court, our ever gracious host. I’m sure the rest of the ladies would agree with me that it was a fantastic day in which people from across Yorkshire enjoyed each other’s company and found a lot in common, now including a love of South African wine!


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