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12 THE RIVER SPRING 2016 FOOD DRINK Award winning Champagne and interesting fine wines by Mark Leonard ocal wine importers Lant Street Wine specialise in wines from smaller producers of unique interesting vintages. This family-run and friendly company in Borough have a great deal of exclusive wines available that account for 90 of their stock including from producers Waipara West and Le Brun de Neuville with whom they have very long-standing relationships. This is a prospect made all the more mouthwatering as some of these wines are celebrated internationally. This year Le Brun de Neuville won the International Wine Spirit Competition IWSC Award for Best Champagne producer and Best Champagne 2015. Quite a feather in the cap for this small and very well-run co-operative in Szanne near Champagne. Le Brun de Neuville was founded in 1963 by just twenty producers and now has 150 members and is producing some seriously good products. The other exclusive relationship Lant Street Wines enjoy is with Waipara West a New Zealand producer established in 1989 with some 60 acres of producing vines. The company is owned by a partnership called Tutton Sienko Hill Paul Tutton of Tuttons Covent Garden fame his wife Olga Sienko his sister Vic Tutton and her husband Lindsay Hill a viticulturist who manages the vineyard. When they purchased the land they knew that although in 1989 it was an unsuccessful rabbit infested sheep farm it had a combination of factors suitable for the production of quality grapes - being further inland and higher than existing Waipara vineyards it was hotter and less frost prone due to natural air movement caused by the river and the sloping terraces. In our next edition we will be providing details of summer tastings at Lant Street and it would be wise to make sure you dont miss out. LANT STREET WINES 59-61 Lant Street SE1 1QL t 020 7357 7788 e IWSC Winning Champagne 2015 from Le Brun