Wine introduction

The Cherwell Boathouse wine list has been well known to the wine trade for many years .

The list represents the fruition of the Morris & Verdin partnership between Jasper Morris MW and Boathouse owner Anthony Verdin.

For the wine lover, our reputation is first and foremost for outstanding value for money. The list has a high proportion of famous producers and is exceptional for its rare wines and older vintages.

 The Boathouse continues to have a strong relationship with Fields, Morris and Verdin today ( now owned by Berry Brothers) , as well as other wine merchants such as Loebb, Pol Roger.

The list is managed by restaurant manager and sommelier Brice Guibert who is always pleased to offer adivice and help .

To enjoy some of the older wines to their fullest potential it is advisable to allow time for us to decant and let the wine breath ( usually one hour ) .

The wine list continues to win awards and accolades:

2014 wine list of the year from the Good Food Guide :

'displays the oenological equivalent of perfect pitch. Classicists will love the selection of clarets and burgundies many from great vintages, and there is a fine selction of riesling ....extraordinary value for money especially at the top end ..'

2013 Louis Roederer Wine list of the year from Imbibe Magazine: 

The most eye-catching element, for sure, is the pricing. When a tough judge like Isa Bal MS of The Fat Duck gives you 10/10 for value for money (as he did in the first round of judging) you know that this is a place where your hard-earned goes a long way.

 

The temptation, of course, is to home in on the fine wines, with A-list producers and great vintages at the kind of prices you can only hit if you buy en primeur and have a democratic approach to margins. Mouton 1995 for £350, Ridge Monte Bello 1997 for £160, Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 1989 for £180; this is a sommelier’s wet dream.

And yet, for our final-round judges it was the consistency of this value that pushed it to the front of the pack, with terrifically-priced wines all the way through, from bottles of Louis Roederer Brut Premier at a touch over £60 to a Felines Jourdan Picpoul at £19 and Au Bon Climat’s Santa Maria Pinot for £40. Whether you are on a splurge or on a budget, this is a list that spoils you for choice.

The by-the-glass and half-bottle selections are exemplary, it’s clean, simple to use, beautifully presented and the innovative touches are helpful and encouraging. Offering a flight of three different 35cl sweet wines for £8 was a nice touch, as was listing the fine selection of German Rieslings in ascending order of sweetness.

It’s a list that, quite simply, has no faults. It’s exciting, but not overly long; has personality but is never

self-indulgent, and caters for the wine fan and the novice alike.

‘There’s a fantastic consistency here,’ said Studio Alto’s Neil Bruce. ‘It’s unremittingly excellent.’

Truly, a worthy winner.'

2012 Louis Roederer Best value wine list of the year from Imbibe Magazine.

2010 Louis Roederer Fine wine list of the year from Imbibe Magazine.