The brand names that will be familiar from every UK supermarket, convenience store and many of our restaurants are nothing more than an easy shorthand to quick profit, on the back of homogenous wine products, for international drinks conglomerates and it’s big business.
To achieve consistency in such huge production volumes, wines become an industrial product. Grapes are assaulted with a battery of insecticides and pesticides on the
vine, harvested in huge yields, transported vast distances to factories of vinification, manipulated with chemical additives to ensure a uniform product before being bottled, branded and dispatched around the world bearing little trace of their place of origin, the taste of the soil or the craft of the producer.
In the words of Liz Reed “...such confected wines are to real wine what chemical air- fresheners are to wild flowers or as a clipped hedge is to a forest.”
What we take for granted in wine (brand, consistency, low-cost, easy availability
and massive volumes) means we often miss a chance to experience something truly extraordinary and in recent years, the most extraordinary wines we’ve tried have been from small growers producing natural and biodynamic wines.
And so, we only offer wines from small growers who typically work organically or biodynamically in the vineyard. Our wines are made from grapes grown without excessive chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. The fermentation is often produced with indigenous yeasts and without the use of unnecessary artificial additives or chemicals.
We believe this produces wine which expresses beautifully the nature of the grape, the place, the soil and the skill of the producer. These wines are made in small quantities and rarely seen in UK supermarkets, bars or restaurants and we’re proud to present these wines via L’Atypique.
We carry a small regularly-changing selection which means we get to know each wine inside out and we’d love to share our enthusiasm, knowledge and a glass, with you.