Le Cordon Bleu

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  • HIDE restaurant
  • Hedonism wines
  • Gusbourne
  • Maison Louis Latour
  • Smith & Seth
  • Pyramid Valley Vineyard
  • Viu Mament
  • Louis Latour Agencies
  • Banfi

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Hailed by the media as one of the most eagerly awaited restaurants of 2018, HIDE is a joint project between Hedonism Wines and Ollie Dabbous. Opened in April 2018, within six months it had been awarded a Michelin star as well as a coveted five stars in the Evening Standard. Located at 85 Piccadilly, HIDE enjoys incredible views over Green Park and offers a relaxed and holistic setting in which to savour seasonal cooking at its best, complemented by the UK’s most comprehensive wine list.

HIDE is set over three floors, each with its own identity, all connected by a striking spiral staircase. Located on the ground floor, HIDE, the main restaurant, offers a set lunch menu at lunch, an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, as well as breakfast. Here an open bakery serves freshly baked breads, cakes and viennoiseries. Reflective of Ollie Dabbous’ signature style and lightness of touch, dishes are simple, seasonal and refined with ingredients largely sourced from a close network of small farmers and suppliers from across the UK. Everything is made in-house wherever possible: from charcuterie and bread to jams, juices and pickles.

Guests choosing to eat in Above at HIDE, on the mezzanine, can enjoy a choice of two tasting menua, a la carte and set lunch, showcasing the very best seasonal ingredients. Served with restraint and finesse - and matching wine flights - these dishes see Ollie take his cooking to new heights.Finally The Bar Below offers a selection of Hedonism's finest and rarest spirits, along with a cocktail menu from Oskar Kinberg. Guests can choose their wine from Hide’s list or from the Hedonism store which currently has the largest selection in the world. Wines, some dating back to the 18th century, are available for delivery to the table within 15 minutes.

In total HIDE can offer an incredible 6,800 different vintages. HIDE also offers a collection of separate private dining rooms. The Broken Room, The Shadow Room and The Reading Room are all located in subterranean vaults, serve up to six people, and offer food from the ground floor. The Hide & Seek Room on the mezzanine offers a private dining experience for up to 20 people, serving dishes from Above at HIDE.

For more information about HIDE visit the HIDE website.

Hedonism Wines

Established in August 2012 and located in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Hedonism is a fine wine and spirits boutique which has already become the most talked about wine project of recent times.

The hedonistic way of thinking originated in the early Greek philosophic schools where it was believed that pleasure was the only intrinsic good. However, Hedonism Wines firmly believe that there are many things which one should enjoy in life and with the word “hedonism” frequently used in tasting notes, wine is certainly one of them. What better name for a shop which stocks the finest and rarest wines and spirits?

The UK's best buyers have sourced around 6,500 wines and 3,000 spirits, taking the crème de la crème from each region of the world whilst carefully checking the provenance of every bottle.

From classics including the Macallan 1946 Select Reserve, Highland Park 50YO, Ararat Noyan Tapan 70YO and a magnum of Domaine de la Romanée Conti Romanée Conti 1966 to a vast collection of the outrageous and quirky Sine Qua Non, a complete vertical of Masseto, Torbreck The Laird 2006 in a spectacular 27-litre bottle & a whole host of old and rare liqueurs, gins and vodkas.

Being a team of perfectionists, Hedonism Wines wanted to create the leading wine shop in the world and, as such, have made no compromises in terms of quality. The space is fully temperature and humidity controlled with heat free lights in order to keep the wines in pristine condition. However, to keep warm you can wrap up in a nice throw and taste some exquisite fine wines from the Enomatic machines at a cosy tasting table.

Find out more about Hedonism Wines on its website.

From the moment it planted its first vines in 2004, the vision has been to create the finest vintage wines using grapes exclusively from its own vineyards.

Growing the highest quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes across the Gusbourne Estate, with 60 hectares in Appledore, Kent and 30 hectares next to the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, these are predominantly Burgundian clones which yield smaller volumes of intensely flavourful fruit. It thrives in the UK's unique microclimates and this exceptional produce is the vital first ingredient in making award-winning sparkling wines, all crafted using the traditional method.

Debut vintages – Brut Reserve 2006 and Blanc de Blancs 2006 – were released in 2010 to critical acclaim, earning accolades from the world’s most exacting wine critics. Gusbourne sparkling and still wines continue to win prestigious national and international industry awards every year.

For more information about Gusbourne visit the Gusbourne website.

Maison Louis Latour

The Latour family have grown vines in the villages of Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy since 1768. A négociant business was soon founded in 1797 and has been based in Beaune since 1867. The business has been passed through the family for generations. The eleventh generation is Louis-Fabrice Latour who currently runs the company. 

The company owns a substantial Côte d’Or domaine, which includes the largest single holding of grand cru vineyards in Burgundy and has operations further afield in Beaujolais, Ardèche and Var.

Environmentally sound working practices have been at the heart of the business for many years, with formal projects looking at sustaining and improving the environment in place since the 1990s. Louis Latour has had ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management Systems since 2003 and are co-founders of the Paysages du Corton association.

Maison Louis Latour will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu a mixed case of Burgundy wines from the Côte d’Or.

Find out more about Maison Louis Latour on its website.

Smith & Sheth

Smith & Sheth is a contemporary négociant inspired by the original French négociants and British merchants who worked, using their connections, to create expert wines.  

Steve Smith MW has a formidable reputation in the wine industry and Brian Sheth is an investor and wildlife conservationist with a strong love for New Zealand. They share a love of fine wine and in 2014 realised their dream and began building on over 35 years spent forging relationships. Smith & Sheth hand select only the best fruit from exceptional vineyards, then nurture, blend and bottle wines that express the beauty and character of a place, and the passion of its people under the CRU label.

Smith & Sheth will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu with a mentoring session from Steve Smith MW.

Find out more about Smith & Sheth by visiting its website.

Pyramid Valley Vineyard

Pyramid Valley is one of New Zealand’s great wine estates where altitude, limestone, slope, rock and rich soils meet to produce profound Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The story began at the turn of the 21st century when the vineyard was established and developed over two decades by the founders Mike and Claudia Weersing.

In 2017 Pyramid Valley passed into the hands of Steve Smith MW and Brian Sheth. Steve and Brian are building on the work done by the Weersings to fulfil the full potential of the site. In 2018 they purchased a second vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago now called Manata Estate, an established vineyard that has produced exceptional Pinot Noir since 2002 Staying true to the estate’s founding principles, both sites are managed following the principals of biodynamic viticulture and the winemaking follows natural principles.

Pyramid Valley will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu a mixed case of Pyramid Valley and Smith & Sheth wines.

Find out more about The Pyramid Valley by visiting its website.

Viiu Mament

Viu Manent was founded in 1935 by Catalan immigrant family and is one of the longest established producers in Colchagua. They initially focused on a négociant wine business however, in 1966 they fulfilled a long-held ambition and bought the Hacienda San Carlos de Cunaco which included 150 hectares of noble, pre-phylloxera vines.

Today their passion for family heritage and stewardship of the land drives them to produce wines with character that express their origin and individual growing season. Their vineyards are all located in the renowned Colchagua Valley and cover 260ha over 3 locations: San Carlos and La Capilla both located close to Santa Cruz and El Olivar located to the east in the foothills of the Coastal Range Mountains.

Viu Mament will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu a mixed case of wines from the Colchagua Valley.

Find out more about Viu Mament by visiting its website.


Banfi was founded in 1978 by the Mariani family, Italian-Americans who had been involved in wine importing and distribution since 1919. They saw huge potential in this then sleepy Tuscan region and began with the goal was to establish a point of excellence in Montalcino.

Combining a respect for tradition and the environment with state-of-the-art research and working practices they have helped to transform the region’s wines and established Banfi’s reputation in an impressively short period of time. They produce premium wines in Montalcino and beyond with a profound respect for the land and people from which they come.

The Banfi estate is the largest contiguous vineyard in Europe and includes land in Tuscany and Piedmont. Despite its size the estate is not a mono-culture with one third planted to vines, one third to olive groves, fruit trees and other crops and the remaining third woodland.

Banfi will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu a mixed case of wines from Montalcino.

Find out more about Banfi by visiting its website.

Louis Latour


Louis Latour Agencies was founded in July 1990 and is the UK subsiduary of Burgundy wine house, Louis Latour. In the early days it just represented the wines of Maison Louis Latour. Over the years the portfolio developed and agencies were added, firstly from France and then from New World countries. Today, it represents 14 producers of still and sparkling wines and Cognac from France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Chile.

Its philosophy has been to deal with family producers who represent something special in the area in which they work. As part of a family business that stretches back over two hundred years, it believes that the core values associated with this underpins the way it operates in the UK. In an increasingly homogenised world, it believes that personality and individuality, in both the wines and the producers that make them, are more valuable characteristics than volume and price.

In the UK, it is proud to work with some of the best independent retailers, wholesalers, restaurants and hotels in the country. Its wines are available from various sources to all sectors of the market.

To find out more about Louis Latour Agencies, please visit https://www.louislatour.co.uk/

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