We have our own brands supplemented by a strong agency business. Many of these producers have had a long successful partnership with Rodney Densem & Telford Wines.
CHATEAU LAMOTHE DE HAUX
Chateau Lamothe was the first estate that Margie and Rodney Densem started importing over 40 years ago. The Chateau’s foundations date back to the 16th Century. Its renovation in the 19th century transformed the building into its current magnificent façade that is featured on the current label. Located in the commune of Haux, on top of a clay-limestone slope in the heart of the Bordeaux wine country, this estate has been devoted to winegrowing from the very beginning, and has belonged to the same family for 4 generations. The 80 hectares of vineyards, including those of neighbouring Chateau Manos, purchased in 1991, are managed by Anne Neel and her children Maria and Damien Chombart. As time went on the owners of Lamothe expanded their vineyard holdings, renovated impressive underground galleries and turned them into cellars and achieved a fine reputation for their wines both in France and abroad.
Champagne Forget Brimont is a small producer of Champagne located in Craon de Ludes. 6th Generation Champenoise Michel Forget is the current owner and winemaker. The estate can trace it roots back to the early nineteenth century when his ancestor, Louis, first created vineyards in the area. The Champagne Forget Brimont brand was established in 1920 by another relative, Eugène. The company owns 15 hectares of vineyards in the Montage de Reims with Grand Cru vineyards at Mailly Champagne and Verzenay, and Premier Cru vineyards at Chigny-Les-Roses, Ludes and Villers-Allerand. Pinot Noir is the most predominantly planted grape variety. Approximately 280,000 bottles of Champagne are produced in a normal vintage and around 55% is destined for export markets.
The Monmarthe Family have been residing in Champagne since 1737. The main aim of the founders was to produce excellent wines without compromising on quality. In 1930 they decided to launch their own brand rather than make the base still wines for other houses. The production continues to be very low to this day with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Thanks to Leon and his wife Anne Marie, Champagne Monmarthe developed a reputation for quality. The first exports from this tiny house was started in the 1990’s and a period of modernisation then followed. Today the house is run by 6th Generation Jean Guy Monmarthe.
DOMAINE ALAIN GEOFFROY
The Chablis wine region is located mid-way between Beaune and Paris, on the so-called “sunshine route”. Its vineyards start to stretch at the entrance of Burgundy. In the mid 19th Century, Honoré Geoffroy started to nurture his vineyards over the villages of Beines and La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne, in the heart of the Chablis wine region. Alain Geoffroy then elevated the property to a Domaine status. A worthy heir to previous generations, he kept his family winemaking style while developping new techniques. Backed by the whole family working on the development of the Domaine, our wines have been granted with many rewards. We have a little more than 50 hectares of producing vineyards and have gathered a young and dynamic team, to produce fresh, fruity Chablis wines, full of mineral expression, in accordance with the tradition. Large stainless steel vats are used for the wine-making to preserve the freshness and the typical character of the Chablis wines. Wines made from “Vieilles Vignes” vines are vinified in oak barrels. The wines are bottled exclusively on the Domaine. Particularly elevated by their finesse and their mineral characteristics, and enhanced by their long finish, our Chablis wines express all the elegancy of the Chardonnay grape. In our peaceful cellar, our wines are happy to express themselves and age for a few more years.
Cielo draw on their history, vineyard reach and in depth knowledge of Italy to produce some great quality traditional wines such as Bardolino, Amarone, Primitivo and Pinot Grigio. But they are also one of the most innovative wineries in the country so they have exciting and different wines to offer such as sparkling wine and Prosecco.
LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
Our range of premium house wines from Drouet Freres was inherited when RDW took over Telford Wines in 2011. Since being featured within the group the wines have gone from strength to strength. They are now a permanent feature and listed by many of our top clients.
The company itself was established in the Loire Valley in 1880. Today, they have some of the best wine making facilities in Southern France and own several estates which make them regional leaders in white wine making.
MARQUES DE SOMERA RANGE
From the DO appellation of Carinena in Aragon to the north-east of Spain, where the extreme continental climate, local cierzo (a cold, dry north-west wind) and the very low rainfall, traditionally accounted for wines with a high alcohol content. Today, modern vinification techniques mean that wines like Marques de Somera are produced with a fresher, lighter, fruitier, more aromatic style. There are 1,700 hectares of vines standing 531 metres above sea level at Longares, with vineyards which remain largely un-irrigated containing low yielding, 25 year old hand-picked bush vines. Winemaker Ana Becoechea produces this wonderful range of wines exclusively for Rodney Densem and Telford Wines at the Covinca winery.
DOMAINE CAVES DE FLEURIE
When men were called for duty during the First Wold War, women had to compensate the loss of workforce and started to work in the vineyards.
The same women therefore started to develop cooperation in the village of Fleurie.
Since 1932, the Chabert family has been at the head of la Cave des producteurs de Fleurie.
Marguerite Chabert was the first woman in France to run a cooperative firm.
Helped by her extraordinary and skilful character, Marguerite Chabert took control of the winery in 1946 and contributed to its development during the next 40 years.
Her strong personality helped her in getting her ideas being accepted while being surrounded mainly by a manly workforce.
Today our winery includes 280 members for 300 hectares, stretching mainly in Fleurie appellation.