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Charles Lea


Chelsea institution Lea & Sandeman is a recent recipient of a Royal Warrant. Co-founder Charles Lea puts the firm’s success down to consistency. ‘I was looking back at our first flyer when we opened the shop, and all the things we said then are really all of the things that we still stand for today,’ he says.

A full-service merchant devoted to quality, L&S has launched a private client division for those looking to buy en primeur, and it continues to increase its stock of wines from Italy, which ‘remains the most exciting [region] outside of France’. The firm always buys directly from producers, and many of the relationships stretch back to when it first opened its doors.

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2020, Wine Advisers

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