My little luxury: the tastemakers’ guide to wine

Twelve style arbiters share their wine-cellar staples

Chef Daniel Humm in Claridge’s
Chef Daniel Humm in Claridge’s | Image: Harry Mitchell

Daniel Humm, chef 

“I like champagne, so I usually have a bottle of Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut on hand.” selosse-lesavises.com

Daniel Humm enjoys Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
Daniel Humm enjoys Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

Tim Little, creative director of Grenson

“I especially like the rosé from Tillingham wines of Sussex. They only allow you to buy one bottle at a time as it’s made in such small batches.” tillingham.com

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Michael Hill, creative director of Drake’s

“An indulgence I would never forgo is natural wine; life would be very boring without it. I’ll drink anything from winemaker Julien Altaber, but I’m particularly fond of his Coteaux Bourguignons.” vins-sextant.com

Michael Hill, creative director of Drake’s, at his London apartment
Michael Hill, creative director of Drake’s, at his London apartment | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

Ben Evans, director of the London Design Festival

“I first drank Boscarelli Nobile di Montepulciano 2007 at a friend’s house in Tuscany; I enjoyed it so much that I got the local wine store to ship some home to me. Its full richness is a nice reminder of Italy.” molesini-market.com

Michael Hill recommends the wines of Julien Altaber
Michael Hill recommends the wines of Julien Altaber

Daniel Hopwood, interior designer

Red wine from Domaine de la Mordorée in Tavel. It’s a relatively young winemaker working in a very rocky region, which means the vines grow quite slowly, giving some very rich flavours. Its wines are wonderfully intense, honest and earthy. I was paying about £6 a bottle for them in France until Robert Parker started giving them top ratings. The price went up about 400 per cent after that.” domaine-mordoree.com

Fanny Moizant’s favourite Miraval rosé
Fanny Moizant’s favourite Miraval rosé

Fanny Moizant, founder of Vestiaire Collective

“Miraval rosé – it’s easy to drink and the bottle is beautiful.” miraval.com

Art collector Adrian Cheng at home in Hong Kong
Art collector Adrian Cheng at home in Hong Kong | Image: Ken Wu

Adrian Cheng, art collector and entrepreneur

“The best souvenir I’ve brought home is a bottle of 2010 Chairman’s Reserve from Grace Vineyard in Shanxi. This fine vintage is the best red wine in China, but not a lot of people outside the country are aware of it. As a result, the vineyard only makes 3,000 bottles a year.”

Cheng’s bottle of 2010 Chairman’s Reserve from Grace Vineyard in Shanxi
Cheng’s bottle of 2010 Chairman’s Reserve from Grace Vineyard in Shanxi | Image: Ken Wu

Delphine Ninous, head of design Etoile at Isabel Marant

“I am very into organic light reds that I can drink every day. I order bottles from a wholesaler, Les Caves de Pyrene, which I discovered at a restaurant called Brawn on Columbia Road – they had such great French wine that I asked where they sourced it.” lescaves.co.uk

Marie-Louise Sciò, creative director of Pellicano hotels, at home in Rome
Marie-Louise Sciò, creative director of Pellicano hotels, at home in Rome | Image: Mattia Zoppellaro

Marie-Louise Scìo, creative director of the Pellicano hotel group

“I love a glass of good Tuscan red wine while reading a book. Terre a Mano, a carmignano produced by Fattoria di Bacchereto, is an honest, beautiful natural wine; and I love the Brunello di Montalcino made by Poggio di Sotto.” justerinis.com

Marie-Louise Sciò loves Terre a Mano, a carmignano produced by Fattoria di Bacchereto
Marie-Louise Sciò loves Terre a Mano, a carmignano produced by Fattoria di Bacchereto

Shigeru Ban, architect

“I love wine – white, red, champagne – but a particular favourite is Cloudy Bay Chardonnay. I brought a case home from Christchurch, New Zealand, when I was there building the Cardboard Cathedral.” cloudybay.co.nz

Architect Shigeru Ban drinks Cloudy Bay Chardonnay
Architect Shigeru Ban drinks Cloudy Bay Chardonnay

Linda Pinto, interior designer 

“In my fridge you’ll always find a bottle of white wine, such as Pouilly-Fumé Ladoucette, and some champagne for when good friends come to visit; Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut makes a delicious aperitif.” laithwaites.co.ukmajestic.co.uk

Interior designer Linda Pinto finds Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut the perfect ingredient for an aperitif
Interior designer Linda Pinto finds Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut the perfect ingredient for an aperitif

Jennifer Chamandi, shoe designer 

“Ornellaia is my favourite Tuscan wine. It’s silky and refined even when quite young, and I drank the 2005 with my husband when he proposed to me.” ornellaia.com

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