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October 23, 2017updated 30 Oct 2017 10:43am


By Rasika Sittamparam

Paul Bowker got into wine by mistake after taking a job in Paris on his gap year driving a van for wine legend Steven Spurrier. ‘All I ever wanted to do was be a banker,’ he says. ‘Steven made me decide I wanted to be a wine merchant. He lit a fire.’

Bowker went on to become head of the wine department at Christie’s before joining Wilkinson Vintners as partner and director in 1998. The company concentrates on sourcing ‘the right wine at the right price’, with the aim of always having the wines people are looking for in stock (currently worth to £8-10 million).

A highlight of 2017 was buying a private collection worth £1.5 million from one private seller. ‘We have two challenges: selling the wine, but more importantly maintaining our stock levels, so when someone suddenly comes along with several hundred cases of really top-quality wine worth that amount of money, it makes life a lot easier,’ says Bowker.

The most memorable bottle he’s had this year is a magnum of Château Haut-Brion 1989: ‘An absolutely monumental wine…It’s complex, opulent and rich and will just get better and better.’ Otherwise, he recommends Bordeaux from 2005, 2009 and 2010, which are ‘sensational and beginning to look undervalued’.

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