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October 23, 2017updated 30 Oct 2017 11:16am


By Rasika Sittamparam

It’s been another spectacular year for Goedhuis & Co, and not just because of the weaker pound which gave a boost to all UK wine merchants with stock.

The charming Johnny Goedhuis, who established the merchant 36 years ago and still runs the show, speaks to Spear’s from grand new premises in Bermondsey. ‘We’ve specialised in Burgundy since the 1980s,’ he says. ‘There is a genuine love for Burgundy, particularly
red Burgundy.’

Exemplary service has become synonymous with the firm, with Goedhuis himself even sometimes acting as a personal courier. A recent feat pulled off for a music industry client’s wedding in Provence is just one example. ‘They tried to place a last-minute order of Rock Angel directly from Château d’Esclans. The château was sold out, but we managed to get 20 cases delivered from the UK in 36 hours,’ says Goedhuis.

For immediate drinking, Goedhuis recommends Giuseppe and Elisa Sesti at Castello di Argiano, who ‘produce the most deliciously moreish Monteleccio and a superb Brunello di Montalcino’. To buy, he suggests 2013 Burgundies and 2005 Bordeaux, ‘for its wonderful quality and reasonable prices’, and certain 2009 and 2010s which were overpriced at the time.

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