Haynes Hanson and Clark The Week wine club offer

For me, that is one of the most satisfying aspects of wine – finding a wine merchant that you like and trust, says our wine editor Bruce Palling. 

"English Wine Merchants have a long and illustrious history. The first one I dealt with was just off St James’s Square and I was recommended to it by a British spy in Laos during the Indochina war. It certainly looked quite ancient, so I mentioned this to the manager, who said rather proudly. “Yes, we are the oldest wine merchant in London.” So how long have you been here then? He replied with a smile…“Since the Fire”….

Haynes Hanson and Clark (HHC) don’t quite go back that far in history, though Anthony Hanson was a co-founder of the business nearly 40 years ago and still remains a buying consultant. Anthony is a well-known expert on Burgundy and has written extensively on the subject. He is still best remembered for his memorable statement that “Great Burgundy smells of shit”. I remain grateful to him for introducing me to the joys of Morey St Denis, one of the less sung regions of Burgundy. However, there is no point just focussing on one particular wine at the expense of all the others. I am particularly pleased with the wines in this months offering that are either from lesser known regions or in the case of Red Sancerre, something not normally associated with the appellation. For me, that is one of the most satisfying aspects of wine – finding a wine merchant that you like and trust. We all know the phrase In Vino Veritas (in wine, truth)– perhaps once we have done some due diligence, we should add the importance of In Vinum Mercator Veritas. (In wine merchant, truth)."