"We had a wonderful visit to Fresne Ducret: Pierre Fresne could not have been more helpful or friendly and our tour was very informative (and the wine is delectable). You also booked accommodation in Epernay and the hotel was friendly, interesting and well-placed: thank you again for this. Dining out in Epernay we met some other 3D members on their way back from the truffle- hunting weekend on the Rhone! We do recommend you to all our friends because of these good experiences."
Mr M Rostron, W Yorkshire (April 2013)
"We were very pleased with our first visit to Sancerre and thought the area was beautiful. The hotel owners were very hospitable and we had a good evening meal in their restaurant. M. Riffault gave us a very interesting insight into the history of wine making in Sancerre and the surrounding Central Loire wine producers and we were very pleased with the wines."
Mr Clark, Dorset (April 2013)
"It was lovely to visit the vineyard to collect our wine. We learnt a lot about Premier Cru, in spite of the gaps in our French. Wish we could have spent longer there but we needed to crack on to the mountains for our skiing holiday. We are looking forward to visiting the vines in Chablis next year."
Mr Overbury, Gloucestershire (April 2013)
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my 2012 present, and have renewed my membership for 2013, and hope to travel across again this year and include a trip to the Burgundy region."
Miss Rigarlsford, Wiltshire (January 2013)
"We are more than delighted with our first year with 3D wines. Looking forward to visiting this year's vineyard."
Mr Whitfield, Kent (January 2013)
"A couple of weeks ago, you helped me organize a retirement present for my former colleague. We presented the gift at a party last Saturday and I just received a thank you card [from the recipient] in which he describes the present as "the most thoughtful and wonderful I have ever received". It was always going to be a good party but you helped to make it truly memorable - many thanks!"
Prof. Ellam, East Kilbride (December 2012)
"We had a superb visit. Jean Albert was charming and very knowledgeable. We learnt about cultivation of the vines, how all the different wines are made and the tasting was brilliant. We were tiddly by 11.30am as the wine was too good to spit out. Saumur Champigny is a favourite of ours and this was among the best we have tasted. We went with friends and we had such a good laugh. We bought quite a bit of wine and the Cote de Saumur pudding wine was delicious too. We will be back."
Mr Littler, Lancashire (October 2012)
"The whole trip and vineyard visit were very enjoyable. Jean-Claude and Anna were excellent hosts at Domaine Breliere and I am sure we will return. My sincere thanks to Debbie and Sarah at 3d Wines for their excellent, efficient, helpful and friendly service in booking our vineyard visits and hotels, all of which were brilliant."
Mr P Tucker, Jersey (October 2012)
"Once again, we found the overall welcome and professional hospitality a truly pleasurable experience. Our hosts found the time to make us feel very welcome and share their overall passion for their wines. Thank you to not only the producers but all at 3D who select and offer this experience."
Mr P Banham, Surrey (October 2012)
"Our recent vineyard visit was excellent. The owner`s wife is English, which was brilliant as our French is very basic! She offered to take us to see the vines and explained a lot about them. We then went back for a wine tasting, which was excellent, we spent quite a while there, was very pleasant, she was very helpful and such a nice person. We have already said to her that we will be going back next year.!!"
Mr K Trudgill, Norfolk (September 2012)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our morning at our Bordeaux vineyard, despite their being very busy bottling and labelling that day we did not feel at all rushed in our tour and there was plenty of time to chat. We will definitely be booking a further visit next year. It was all very interesting and we had various questions about organic wine growing explained clearly to us. Thank you for helping with the arrangements."
Mr & Mrs D Whyms, Cornwall (August 2012)
"In our various visits over the years we have never had less than excellent service no matter which family or staff members we have dealt with."
Mr J Nicol, Perth (August 2012)
"The vineyard was 1st class. Our host being obviously passionate about his wines. His advice on the ideal point at which to broach the wines I'd bought was particularly helpful. A friendly and articulate vigneron - 10/10."
Mr R Griffiths, Falkirk (August 2012)
" Wonderful visit, some of THE best Champagne we've ever tasted, we will be back, and recommending you to our friends."
Mr R Allen, Essex (July 2012)
" We were met as soon as we arrived by M. Riffault who made us very welcome. He was clearly proud of his domaine and his family's working of it for several generations. He was informative at the tasting and eager to show us where the wine was produced and bottled. We did not realise that we could have a tour of the vineyards and were delighted when it was offered. Again M. Riffault's pride in and enthusiasm for his work was apparent. It was a super visit and the wine was delicious."
Mrs E Mortimore, Oxon (July 2012)
"This was our third visit to Domaine Jacob, and Christine again made us very welcome. We had a visit to some of their vines last year - in a fabulous position where we understand that 3D often picnic. This time we just had a tasting, and as usual couldn't resist a few more bottles. We actually stayed for several nights close by at Savigny les Beaunes which enabled us to spend some more time exploring and walking in this delightful area of France."
Mr E Muller, Surrey (July 2012)
"The main reason for our visit was to participate in the champagne blending workshop which was absolutely excellent! It really was something different from cellar visits and tastings , we would certainly attend more diverse functions like these."
Mrs F R C Mitchell (May 2012)
"Thank you so much for your letter and for organising such a wonderful event in Givry. We had a most exquisite time and spent most of our journey home wondering why we'd never done it before. Like you we also enjoyed the company very much. We are saving the pennies for next year! The French certainly know how to enjoy themselves and we were particularly impressed by the way in which so many young people were part of the celebrations. We are looking forward to the tasting and dinner in Eynsham next."
Mr & Mrs Wilkerson, Herefordshire (February 2012)
“The Magnum Champagne tasting at Fresne Ducret was an inspired and unique event ...There were Magnums that his Farther had put down that still had the plug of yeast and a crown cap still on, there was no label or notes about the wine only the date so it really was pot luck but one that paid off. For me it was it was remarkable that his farther had left this legacy and for us to go along for this remarkable tasting. I like to thank you for organizing the event and I know its only wine but it is the passion that goes into the bottle that makes the difference for us to appreciate when we get our treasures home.”
Mr M Ryder, Oxfordshire (December 2011)
"I have been a 3D partner for 11 years. The service is exceptional – you lead superb trips and can arrange anything - and to see Andrew pull stones from his pocket to describe the 'terroir' just has to be experienced. Visiting the vineyard to meet your vigneron makes drinking the wonderful wine so much more satisfying than buying a bottle at the supermarket!"
Mrs J Swift, Surrey (November 2011)
“In 1995 my wife gave me a row of vines with Domaine Jacob which could not have been a more fortunate choice. We are still with them and have become friends with Jean-Michel and Christine Jacob over the years. We have also added a row of Chablis at Domaine Séguinot-Bordet and got to know Jean-François Bordet. Such excellent and delicious wines for all these years.”
Mr M Muller, Horsham,West Sussex (October 2011)
"We got our first sub to 3D Wines thirteen years ago as an inspired gift from our eldest son. He did well! We have such pleasure as Partners from many visits to 3D’s really interesting collection of French family winemakers, from their first-class wines, and not least from our dealings with the ever-friendly and helpful team at the 3D headquarters."
Mr & Mrs P McLean, Oxon (September 2011)
"All the people I have met connected with 3D wines are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. My first row was a gift for a big birthday. Visiting the vineyard was an eye opening experience. The owners were enthusiastic and keen to explain all that affects the taste and how it varies from year to year, and how its produced. A detailed tour of the cellar, coupled with a view of the owners own stock followed. Then there was the tasting! On my first excursion with 3D Wines to France (4 nights away) we visited vineyards for tours and tastings, dined in style in an owners ancient cellar, local delicacies with local wines, ate pate and cheese accompanied by sweet (yes sweet) white wine at nine thirty in the morning, and attended a full blown “fete du vin”. A wine lovers dream!"
Dr J W Forrest, Ipswich (September 2011)
"I have been a partner in 3D for more than 14 years. The experience is summarised by three aspects: (a) very good wine at competitive prices; (b) wonderful memories meeting the winemakers when collecting wine and discussing the vendages and vintages all in the context of good food and charming scenery; (c) excellent helpful, friendly and personal service from the 3D staff."
Prof K Jeffery, Shrivenham (August 2011)
"Thoroughly enjoyable visit! Our host (Mr. Riffault senior) was a very charming and knowledgeable gentleman, and the wines were just brilliant! I will be recommending a visit to friends, and will certainly be returning myself. We also paid a visit to some of your other partners on our recent trip ... all of which were brilliant visits, and in our opinion captured all of what 3D wines has come to represent for us; great wines made by some great people. Thank you again for a very enjoyable and memorable trip. We will surely be returning as soon as we can!"
Mr H, Bedfordshire (July 2011)
"The visit to Domaine Lucien Jacob was a complete joy! ... Christine took us up the hill to see the blossom on the chardonnay in the "les larrets" vineyard. When we came back we toured the cellar before an extensive tasting including my own wines and the parcel I was unfortunate to have missed out on. It was so good that as well as collecting my own wines I bought a mixed half case of some of the other delights we'd sampled. Christine was a really good host and my only regret is that we couldn't have planned better to tie this in with the annual Burgundy picnic. Many thanks again to Domaine Jacob!"
Ms M, East Lothian (July 2011)
"It was good to meet you at The France Show 2011. Thank you for your time and the opportunity to talk with you. We honestly felt that the 3D stand was amongst the best at the show and we really enjoyed our brief time chatting about vineyards etc. We also want just to say how much we personally enjoy being 3D Partners and what pleasure it gives us; especially our frequent trips to France and meeting some of the relevant people. We had another of our Domaine Jacob Gevrey-Chambertin 2005, we have to say that it is one of the best wines we ever drink ... anywhere!! We feel quite privileged to enjoy these blends/wines that are exclusive to 3D."
Mr & Mrs B, Surrey (January 2011)
"Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the evening at The Bleeding Heart restaurant on Friday. We were a little late arriving but we didn't miss anything it seems. The wines were superb. It was really interesting to be able to talk in depth with Christine. We hope to be able to visit the vineyard later in the year. The food was excellent. Congratulations on finding such a good venue."
Mrs S, Surrey (March 2011)
"So many wine-hazed happy memories. Tutored tastings, highlighting the nuances of delightful young wines, maturing gently into boisterous quaffing. Weekends at Cragwood and Bibury singing English drinking songs matched by French chansons at Givry’s St Vincents Fête and Château Rousselle’s picnic. Warm, light-as-air, gougères to prolong tastings at the Pillots, Ragots and Jacobs. Mostly, and unforgettably, making lasting friendships with many, many winemakers."
Mr & Mrs M, Bucks
"We have been Partners for many years; we have visited the Chevrot family and witnessed the two teenage sons mature into handsome young men with families of their own. We share the joy of Fernand and Catherine as their family extends and wish them a long and happy retirement. They have worked hard to build their wine business – we remember the early days without the modern facilities they have since added; although ours is a small contribution, we feel part of the development.
We recently enjoyed the 3D Wine weekend in Burgundy, with ‘our’ vineyard being the charming hosts; a feast of wine and food cheerfully laid and disposed of in the manner it deserved! Good company, lots of fun, very memorable. Here’s to the next 15 years. We will raise a glass (or two) of our best Chevrot wine in their and your direction."
Mr & Mrs C, Bucks
"In the some eight years of our association with 3D we have sampled red wines from Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, Champagne and Alsace. The winemakers that we have met have always been very welcoming and taken great delight in explaining the intricacies of their particular wines, of which they are rightly very proud ... Finally I cannot close without saying what a pleasure it is to do business with 3D, you are so helpful and pleasant either by telephone, email or in person. Long may you prosper."
Mr J, Surrey
"What we really appreciate most about 3D wines is the personal, friendly touch with which Partners have always been treated – not the usual business approach that some wine merchants adopt, the feeling that Partners are real people with individual tastes."
Mr & Mrs W, East Lothian
"A big thank you for our first weekend away with 3D Wines – it will certainly not be the last. The whole organisation, venues, food and of course wines were excellent. We loved every minute and enjoyed the wines very much."
Mrs H, Surrey
"I want to thank you for the very great pleasure I derived from my membership. It was great fun to tell my friends that I was a partner in a Burgundian vineyard and inform them of the benefits I obtained. It was also a great pleasure to visit 'my' vineyard and meet viticulture David Déprés, who was most charming and informative. The memory of that visit adds so much to the enjoyment of the wine that we purchased and which we have shared with my family and friends. ... Thank you (and my family) for giving me the opportunity to enjoy such a unique gift."
Mr G, West Sussex
"We visited Maison Lenique and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Having visited most of the major houses in Epernay and tasting all, we totally agreed that the Champagne we were to collect next year could not have suited us more in both taste and value. We were welcomed with genuine warmth and shown the whole process rather than the purely glossy image. Thank you 3D for selecting this unique source and for arranging our visit."
Mr J, Cornwall
"May I say that having just collected my cases of wine from the fairy tale Château de la Grave and staying in the splendid La Citadelle in Blaye that the whole experience was really special. Everything went like clockwork. I am still trying to decide which Burgundy vineyard to experience next year but congratulations on a great idea well implemented."
Mr I, Essex
"Our trip went very well and we were delighted to meet Pierre and Daniella [Champagne Fresne Ducret], they made us so very welcome! We also met Pierre's father, he was great fun!!! We were given a superb tour and were very, very impressed with their set-up and how they intend to move forward in the future. Wonderful!!!! We have no doubt they will be successful in all they hope to do and we will look forward to going again next year!!!!"
Mr W, Somerset