Berry Bros. & Rudd is delighted to offer the first case of their bespoke and limited-production Bordeaux, Widely Read, to benefit Room to Read, a global organisation that works in low income countries across Asia and Africa to ensure primary school children can become independent readers and girls can complete secondary school.Three oenophiles have joined together to create this red Bordeaux for Room to Read: the legendary wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine and OBE; the formidable wine consultant, Eric Boissenot, who offers his expertise to properties such as Ch. Latour, Ch. Margaux and Ch. Mouton Rothschild; and Simon Staples, Bordeaux aficionado and Sales Director for Asia at Berry Bros. & Rudd, Britain’s original wine and spirit merchants.
Widely Read is a unique bottling of red Bordeaux that was blended on 31st March 2015 at VINIV – a subsidiary of Ch. Lynch Bages in Pauillac – with wine contributed by 15 of Bordeaux’s top châteaux. The trio of vinous experts behind the wine are confident that it captures the very essence of Bordeaux.
Berry Bros. & Rudd Director for Asia, Simon Staples, says: “Having been a keen advocate for Room to Read and all the amazing things they do for the past few years this really was a eureka moment last Christmas when I thought what could I do to help in a way that was appropriate or apt to Berry Bros. & Rudd and myself? So I set about gathering the best in the business to make this excellent wine.
“What absolutely thrills me however, apart from the great experience of making this wine with Jancis and Eric and the team at Lynch Bages, is that every time you open a bottle and drink it with a friend or loved one, that pleasure giving experience pays to teach a child to read for a year somewhere far less fortunate than you. To that I raise a big old glass! Just see what we can create next year!! Cheers,” he adds.
A limited quantity of 486 six-bottle cases was made from the 2013 vintage. A total of £160* from each case will be invested in Room to Read’s Literacy Programme, providing child friendly learning environments that foster the skills and habit of reading.
“The blending of Widely Read represents the integration of philanthropy, and a great Bordeaux,” says John Wood, founder of Room to Red. “Through this inspired partnership with Berry Bros. & Rudd, we are proud to raise a glass to empowering more deserving children around the world with access to quality education.”
Widely Read is Berry Bros. & Rudd’s non-profit collaboration with Room to Read. Six-bottle cases of Widely Read are available atbbr.com/widelyread from Saturday 2nd May 2015.
* Stock is offered in bond from the UK, so prices quoted are in GBP.