8 of London’s best new restaurants for wine

6th September, 2017 by Lauren Eads

1. Blandford Comptoir

Blandford Comptoir is the latest opening from Master Sommelier Xavier Rousset, who is also behind Cabotte near Bank – both of which opened in 2016. Prior to this, Rousset co-founded the wine bar group, 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen, which included sites on Fetter Lane, Marylebone and Maddox as of 2015.

Based in Marylebone, it offers a Mediterranean menu, with an Italian slant, alongside a continually evolving fine wine list, numbering 250 wines and 40 Champagnes.

Its most recent list, published on 25 July 2017, fits neatly across four pages, but is so well stocked with vinous treats no further pages are needed. Wines are divided by price, starting from £25-£35, and rising to £45-£70, with its Blandford Collection featuring its higher-priced wines. At its backbone is a selection of carefully constructed new and old world heavyweights and older vintages, interspersed with a number of more left field offers, which combine to create a list that cannot fail to get the tails of wine lovers wagging.

The Blandford Collection is reserved for its finest wines, with a tantalising selection of older vintages available at remarkable prices. A 1985 Vouvray Demi-Sec from the Loire for example will set you back just £75, just one of this list’s many highlights. Delving into its fortified and sweet wine lists, a 1907 Blandy’s Bual for £50 a glass and a 1976 Château Suduiraut, available for just £21.50 for 100ml, are eye poppers.

A fantastic, perfectly formed wine list offering guidance, intrigue and excitement, in equal measure.

Expert Picks

• Drappier, Pinot Noir Zero Dosage, Brut Nature, NV, Champagne – France – Sparkling – £79

• Bodegones Del Sur, 2015, Viognier – Uruguay – White – £35

• Penfolds Reserve Bin 07A, 2007, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills – Australia – White – £75

• Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, 1994, Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France – Red – £110

• Palliser Estate, Pinot Noir, 2015, Martinborough – New Zealand – Red – £50

Wine List Confidential overall position: 4

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