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The Wine Society releases 150th anniversary range of fine wines

The Wine Society has released a limited-edition “never to be repeated” fine wine collection for its 150th anniversary, which includes classic vintages from some of the most famous estates.

The Anniversary Collection comprises ‘29 bottle ‘museum release’ of wines that are ready to drink now, an impressive feat that has taken more than a decade of “planning, fine-tuning, shipping, and cellaring” to accomplish.

Pierre Mansour, director of wine at The Wine Society said the team had worked with some of the worked with some of the industry’s biggest names, including Château Batailley, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, CVNE, Louis Jadot, Fontodi, Schloss Gobelsburg, Kumeu River, Cullen, Kanonkop, Weinert, Au Bon Climat and Ridge.

It was, he noted “a real testament to the relationships the team has forged over the years” and the team was delighted to have worked exclusively with several producers who have never before bottled a wine under an own label range.

“Creating something completely unique for members, this range is The Society’s first ever dedicated selection of own-label fine wine,” he said. “Every wine is an outstanding example of its type and has been matured to be hitting its drinking window now. The wines are strictly in limited supply, and due to their unique provenance and aging, once sold will not be available again!”

The society currently holds over £22 million of stock which it cellars in order to to release at peak maturity.

“Our unique mutual business model enables us to age wines until ready for drinking. Being a mutual also means that though we’ve been storing these fine wines from renowned producers for several years, the wines are not inaccessibly priced,” Mansour said.

The Anniversary range has taken inspiration from the cover design of The Society’s List from July 1914 (designed by artist, designer, and decorator GM Ellwood) for the labels.

Priced between £17.50 – £85, the Anniversary range includes a Hunter Valley Semillon 2014, (RRP: £19.50), Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2020, (£22.00),  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2016, (RRP: £25.00), Gigondas 2018, (RRP: £29.00), Mendoza Malbec 2007, (RRP: £35.00), Margaux 2015 (RRP; £38.00), Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016, (RRP: £39.00), Pauillac 2015, (RRP: £49.00), Vintage Champagne 2012, (RRP: £55.00) and a Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 (RRP: £85.00).

In addition, the Wine Society will release further tranches of fine wine that reflect its 150-year history. The first release of this “Generation Series” came in January showcasing wines that were popular with members between 1874-1924. A second release will be launched on 26 March highlighting favourites from 1924-1974.

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