Knock opens up about Vinexpo
Australian Knock charmed by Bordeaux offering this year
Why do you come to Vinexpo?
It is a great fair to meet the right people and look at all your buying options. Both from the producer side, but also a chance to catch up with key contacts, buyers and brokers from all over the world. It is the show where they all come to and it is a great opportunity to spend real quality time together, which is so important to the way we work.
THERE WERE SOME EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME AS AN INDEPENDENT WINE MERCHANT TO FIND NEW WINES AND HAVE THE TIME TO TASTE AND UNDERSTAND THEM.
How do you manage your time?
It is important not to make too many meetings so that you have good quality time for each one and also the opportunity to go and discover and taste wine as well.
What did you nd interesting to taste at this year’s show?
There is so much going on in and around Bordeaux itself, particularly now that the prices have been pushed up at the higher end it has had a knock-on effect with smaller producers too. There is now excellent value to be had in Bordeaux between £15 to £40 a bottle. Producers you can go to direct and then get a mixed pallet of different châteaux to ship over. There is a great deal of activity and interest amongst smaller players and the Cru Bourgeois. Bordeaux changes all the time and you have to keep up. Bordeaux is also an easy sell for our customers. People know the vintages and trust the wines.
Any tastings or sessions you found interesting?
The big generic tasting at the entrance were really interesting and helpful, like the WOW! section for organics, Cru Bourgeois and regional France. It makes it so easy for you to taste quickly, and get a clear picture of what is available at the show. There were some excellent opportunities for me as an independent wine merchant to find new wines and have the time to taste and understand them.
Photo: Justin Knock, MW Winer buyer, Philglas & Swiggot