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World-Class English Sparkling Wine
Rathfinny has established a commanding reputation as one of the country’s leading wineries in a very short time and we’re now delighted to stock their world-class English sparkling wine.
‘It’s a genuine delight to have our full range of Sussex Sparkling wines now listed by DBM Wines, who are exactly the premium and dynamic retailer we love to work with. We really value their collaborative approach and proactivity’.
Rob Buckhaven, Rathfinny Brand Ambassador.
Established in 2010 by husband & wife team Mark and Sarah Driver, Rathfinny set out to produce one of the world’s finest sparkling wines from a perfect site in Sussex, and they haven’t disappointed. Since the launch of their first wine in 2018 they audaciously aimed to set the benchmark for English Sparkling Wine.
In 2019 their brand new Rosé 2016 and Blanc de Noirs 2015 was chosen as 'Sparkling Wine of the Month' at The Ritz London. Only the second time in the Ritz's 113-year history that a non-Champagne has been given this accolade.
"One of England's finest", says Dr Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak.
"Rathfinny are producing refined sparkling wines that would be entirely comfortable served alongside their famous brethren from across the Channel. Their Classic Cuvée has lovely energy and is bright, crisp, and precise, the Rosé is a very elegant pale style that is deliberately refreshing rather than heavy, the Blanc de Blancs has the most delicious creamy structure, and the Blanc de Noirs has quite a masculine reserve that will develop beautifully over the next 12 months. These are exciting wines that will reward investigation!" Aidan Bell
Each case contains:
3 x Rathfinny Classic Cuvée 2016
Radiant lemon in hue, with an expressive nose of fresh red orchard apples, a creamy tangerine mousse punctuated by toasty notes of almond brittle, and a honeydew melon.
1 x Rathfinny Rosé 2016
Vivid coral in hue, Rathfinny Rosé has a lifted nose of wild strawberries and mandarin zest, giving way to a rich mousse of Rainier cherries and candied red apple skin, and a silky, strawberry shortcake finish.
1 x Rathfinny Blanc de Blancs 2016
Pale honeysuckle in colour, with a sumptuous nose of lemon curd over buttered croissant, delicate bubbles accented by fresh grapefruit on the palate, and a generous peachy finish.
1 x Rathfinny Blanc de Noirs 2015
An enticing blush sets the scene for perfumed peony and wild strawberry on the nose, while on the palate, its rich mousse of raspberries and toasted almonds gives way to a caramelised red-apple finish. 36 months lees ageing.
"My favourite of the four wines is this terrific Blanc de Noirs. I like this style of wine from several other English wineries, too, but no one else makes a bottle of wine like this!" Matthew Jukes
The Rathfinny Estate
Located on a south-facing slope on the South Downs, the climate, chalky soil, and aspect make the perfect site for producing sparkling wine. Rathfinny lies within three miles of the English Channel, giving it a semi-continental maritime climate that provides protection from late frosts. Remarkably, it is protected from the prevailing south westerlies by a natural ridge that runs along the southern edge of the Estate. An exceptional sunshine record and moderate rainfall, combined with free-draining, chalky soil, are ideal for producing grapes of outstanding quality.
50 acres of vines were planted in 2012 with three principal grape varieties – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier with a small amount of Pinot Gris.
If you would like to secure a case or two of this delightful English sparkling wine, you can order online or call us on 0117 370 9930.
Delivery as ever is £6.99 per consignment for UK mainland addresses and FREE to Bristol postcodes for orders of six bottles or more. Alternatively collect from our Clifton shop as we are open as normal and would love to see you.
Richard, Aidan and all the team at DBM
Our Christmas Window is Complete
Sourced from recycled wine bottles and lovingly put together by the DBM team, we thought it rather ‘on brand’ and appropriate! You’ll see its’s also topped with a beautiful blue star, our small way to say thank you to all the incredible NHS staff in Bristol.
Now December is here it's starting to feel fantastically festive in Clifton Village. Our neighbouring shops are open and full of gifts, so why not help us celebrate and come up to Clifton for all your Christmas shopping. This year in particular, local businesses really need and appreciate your support.
In the heart of Clifton Village, you’ll find ‘Florence, The NHS Tree of Thanks’ - a majestic 50ft tree - who’s proving to be a real hit with local children and bringing out the big kid in us all.Treat yourself to a hot chocolate and explore the surrounding streets and you’ll see lots of delightful mini trees decorating the shop, cafes, and restaurants. Come and visit us this Christmas and savour all our lovely part of Bristol has to offer.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Richard, Aidan, Susan and all the team at DBM
Welcome To Our New Home
This year marked the much-anticipated move into our fantastic new shop on Princess Victoria Street. We have always loved being in Clifton, but now we are right in the heart of the Village and must say we are really enjoying having a high street presence for the first time.
The premises had already been trading as a wine shop for the past thirty years, but before we made it home, we were keen to put the DBM stamp on it. After much planning and extensive renovations, the shop has been transformed - it’s now beautifully light and airy - and we couldn’t be happier with the result.
And the space…
Whilst the shop on Kings Road was great in so many ways, we didn’t really have enough of an opportunity to spread out and display our wine as extensively as we would have liked. The extra footage is such a luxury. It has enabled us to stock a constantly changing range, including Bin-End deals and new vintages of old favourites. In future we will be hosting great tasting events and the shop floor is more than large enough to comfortably adhere to current social distancing requirements, without losing any of the wine shopping experience so many of our customers enjoy.
We have laid out the shop to consciously put customers at ease. The front features all the everyday wines and great offers, so you can grab a bottle for the evening easily. Further back, the layout is by region where you can explore a greater range and the treasures an area has to offer. We also have some super rare gems and special killer offers!
Our neighbours and the residents of Clifton have made us feel extremely welcome. In tough times such as these, community spirit has never been more important, and we hugely appreciate the friendship and support of our fellow local businesses and wonderful customers. Thank you everyone, we have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have received.
See you soon,
Richard, Aidan, Susan and all the team at DBM
Our Beautiful House Warming Gift
We wanted to mark the move into our new home with something distinctive and unique to us.
With the very generous support of Pol Roger Champagne, well-known Bristol illustrator Emily Holmes, was tasked to create a signature piece for the shop. Something that we could keep and enjoy every day and was rooted in Bristol. The result is this rather stunning vintage style Pol Roger picture, that you can find hanging in our entrance.
It's rather special don't you think? If you have not seen it yet, pop in and take a look. It already looks very much at home!
Thank you Emily.
17th April 2020
Country Life Feature
Take a peek in the 15th April edition of Country Life and you’ll find DBM Wines in ‘Town & Country Notebook’. In ‘Wine of the Week’ we feature with one of our current favourite bottles Famille JM Cazes, Domaine de L’Ostal, Estibals, Minervois, Languedoc, France 2016. This juicy, ripe Syrah-Carignan-Grenache-Mourvedre blend has subsequently proved to be so popular that we have temporarily sold out! But fear not, we can recommend an equally delicious alternative , St Chinian "Les Cerises", Domaine M & P Guiraud.
And don’t forget we offer a full wine delivery service, straight to your door. Our shop may be closed for the time being, but our office is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm and we are able to take orders online, by phone and email.
16th April 2020
Helping Bristol University Support Key Workers.
Ordinarily we are known as a Bristol Wine Merchant, however this week we were extremely proud to have the opportunity to diversify and help support our local community in these extraordinary times.
A team from University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry has been providing a vital role in producing much needed World Health Organisation (WHO) hand sanitisers for key workers across the city. Academics, researchers and technicians from the University have over the past ten days successfully sourced raw materials, secured the necessary certification and produced around 1000 litres of sanitiser.
We were asked if we could help with the distribution and did not hesitate to donate 50 brand-new, strong DBM boxes.
The first delivery of 600 pump dispensers was delivered to Bristol City Council last week and our boxes will be used to distribute the sanitiser to key workers such as the emergency services, postal workers, waste management operatives and transport staff.
Professor Gallagher of Bristol University said: “This has been a real team effort, with unstinting support from colleagues from across the University, the City Council and our external partners and suppliers.
“The demand for WHO-grade sanitiser, and the raw supplies needed to make it, has soared in recent weeks, and with absolute reason. It’s vital that our front-line workers are as protected as possible, so they can continue to carry out their crucial duties and keep our city running”.
Professor Tim Gallagher went on to confirm the team will continue to produce the free hand sanitiser for the city to help meet the rising demand and that their next target is to make a further 2,000 litres in the coming weeks.
Richard Davis of DBM wines said: ‘It goes without saying, we would be delighted to help again. Hopefully nobody will get confused, and we're not expecting any miss picks as this is definitely not for consumption. This hand sanitiser is 70% Proof!’