Julien White Agencies
After a career in the Army of nearly twenty years, finishing at the Ministry of Defence, Julian joined the wine trade. He actually started his first wine company in 1978 before leaving the Army and he added a second company, wholesaling fine wines in 1980. These companies were sold to a public company in 1982 and he was the Group Managing Director for two years until 1984. During this time he acquired a number of exclusive French wine agencies. After some 8 years in the wholesale wine trade he sold up his remaining interests and is now an agent here in the UK for some forty-five Châteaux and Domaines (JULIAN WHITE AGENCIES) He has travelled to most of the world’s wine-producing regions, but remains a specialist in Champagne, Burgundy, Rhône and Bordeaux. He was, from 1999-2013 the British Ambassador of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or, the Champagne Order devoted to the promotion of Champagne by continuing the tradition of the Art of Sabrage. He is now Ambassador Emeritus of the Sabre d’Or. He also lectures on and directs tours of Champagne, Burgundy, the Loire and Bordeaux.
During the last 16 years he has conducted some nine tours of Champagne, three of which were combined with Burgundy. He holds an Annual Tasting in May with Philippe Brugnon, his principal from Rilly-la-Montagne. Usually once a year he runs a tutorial champagne dinner showing a wide range of Champagnes, both Houses and Growers, demonstrating the variety of styles, cuvées and the effect of vintages. His annual wine tastings also include Burgundy and the Rhône.
He is also an Officier of l’Ordre des Côteaux and a Professionel du Vin in La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. He is a Freeman of the City of London
CV- Pre 1979 Julian was commissioned from Sandhurst in 1962 into The Kings Regiment and posted to the 1st Bn in Berlin, at that time very much under the cloud of cold war politics. After British Guiana, Northern Ireland Command and a tour as ADC to the Colonel of the Regiment, Julian went to the Far East to be a Company Commander in the 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles during the ‘Red Book revolution Maoist’ days in Hong Kong.
He returned to The Kings as Adjutant when the Regiment was part of 11th Armoured Brigade in Germany and then in Ulster during Operation Motorman in Belfast and later to return to Hong Kong as a Company Commander of the 1st Bn. He went to the Staff College, Camberley in 1975 and thence to the MoD and was responsible for the Professionals Campaign” in Army TV and Press Advertising 1976-1979, after which he retired.
Supplier of the following wines
Champagne: Philippe Brugnon, Rilly la Montagne
Burgundy: Domaine Camus Père et fils, Gevrey-Chambertin Domaine Vincent Bachelet, Chassagne-Montrachet Domaine du Château de Val de Mercy, Chablis Domaine Coste-Caumartin, le Fief de Montjeu, Pommard, Saint Romain & Beaune Domaine Rapet Père & Fils, Aloxe Corton & Pernand Vergelesses Domaine Dominique Mugneret. Vosne-Romanée Domaine Roger Belland, Santenay Maison Jean-Philippe Marchand,Gevrey-Chambertin Maison Nicolas Potel, Nuits-St Georges
Beaujolais: Domaine de Robert, Fleurie & Morgon Domaine Frnk Besson, Beaujolais Domaine du Moulin d’Eole, Chénas, Moulin à Vent Domaine Dubost, Brouilly
Bordeaux: Domaines Fabre: Châteaux Lamothe-Cissac, La Tonnelle, Landat & Le Chêne
South & South-West France: Domaines Geyrel Châteaux & Crus du Sud Ouest
Loire: Domaine Cherrier & Fils, Sancerre Rhône Domaine Barville & Château de Bord, Châteauneuf du Pape ; Domaine Grosset, Cairanne ; Maison Brotte, Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas
Armagnac: Delord Frères