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Top Selection wins Fine Wine Merchant of the Year for the third time

Top Selection have celebrated their 20th anniversary in style by making it a hat-trick of SWA Fine Wine Merchant of the Year awards.

From 116 entries they achieved a record haul of 65 medals, with over 85% of their wines being commended or higher. It is a 5th consecutive SWA Merchant Award for the London based importer, highlighting an enviable ability to grow their portfolio year on year, without diluting quality or personality.

You wouldn’t, in all probability, go looking to Top Selection for the lower end of your wine list. Only four of its medals were under £10. But what it has proved in SWA over the past few years is that it is practically without equal when it comes to sourcing top-end wines. Yes, 80% of its awarded wines were over £15, but happily they tend to be in parts of the list where quality rather than price – or, more accurately, over-delivery and character – are the key factors. And, led by the formidable Akos Forczek, there’s clearly some top-class buying at play here.

Its Golds this year included some of the best examples of Amarone, Barolo, Riesling (both Mosel and Alsace), Bordeaux, Chablis, Burgundy and Tokaj from this year’s competition. But there were brave new additions, too: a great value Californian Cabernet Sauvignon from Precision Wines, a pricey but beautiful Malbec from Bemberg Estates, a Swiss white from Paolo ‘Somm du Monde’ Basso and a cracking Catalan vermouth from Casa Mariol.

Akos Forczek commented: “It is amazing to think that this all started in a room at the top of our house in Balham 20 years ago. We have always looked to innovate and introduce wines that will stand out from the crowd. For this to be recognised once again by the SWA is a source of great pride for myself and the Top Selection team. Most importantly though, it is a tribute to the support and trust of our amazing producers and customers – several of whom have been with us from the start.”

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