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Latimer Vintners was founded in 2013 to offer Private and trade clients access to the finest wines at the most competitive prices. Based in London we specialize in the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône valley and Champagne as well as offering a range of the most sought after wines from the rest of the world.

Latimer has developed direct relationships with producers throughout France, meaning we can offer wines en primeur from Burgundy, the Rhône valley and Bordeaux. Alongside this, we have a very active trading department which buys private cellars and collections from throughout Europe.

We offer honest and impartial advice to all our clients whether they are looking for an everyday drinking wine, to start a collection for the future or to develop a wine investment portfolio.

Michael Stobbs – Managing Director

Having been brought up in Newcastle, in a house where Liebfraumilch and Asti Spumante were more common than Burgundy and claret, it may not have been obvious that a career in the wine trade was going to be my calling. However, food was always central to our family and that led to a joy of eating out and trying new tastes and flavours. At University I worked part time at Oddbins and for some reason they allowed me to run the Saturday afternoon tastings. Trying new wines and talking to customers, some far more knowledgeable than I, sparked an interest in the trade which has not changed to this day.

After two years at Majestic I then spent five years with John Armit Wines where the foundation of my knowledge of both wine and the trade was built. I set up my own business in 2003 with little experience of running a company but with the backing and support of some kind hearted, understanding and experienced clients, who taught me a great deal. I am lucky that those initial backers are still friends, clients and shareholders to this day. For me, Latimer Vintners is the embodiment of my 20+ years in the trade; great wine and great producers are the focus and I see our role as introducing as many of these fabulous wines as we can, to our growing family of customers.

Beyond work, time spent with family and children takes up much of my life but I still manage to run, play and watch the occasional game of cricket, and cook and entertain whenever possible.

James Pymont – Buying & Trading Director

Having studied for a career in commercial real estate and then toyed with the idea of commodity trading, it was a temporary job, working for a Royal Warrant holding merchant’s Notting Hill wine shop, that changed everything. That ‘temporary job’ turned into three years sponging as much information as possible, culminating in quite literally running the shop. Fine wine trading/buying followed with Bibendum, followed by six years (and yet more warrants) with Justerini and Brooks, before seeking a new challenge and joining Mike and our fellow shareholders at the latter end of 2013 to help set up Latimer. My role now requires me to wear many hats but running the purchasing and trading for the business is my primary focus, be that direct from Domaine or from our network of private and professional clients.

What first struck me early in my career was that wine is more than what is in the bottle, it’s the people behind it, their passion, stories and differing philosophy(s) that makes it so compelling. This is what still drives me today and what Latimer is built on: introducing great wines from passionate people to a growing group of likeminded individuals, all with a high level of personal service.

Outside of work, time with family takes precedent but, when I find time, I enjoy cycling and running, plus of course opening delicious wines with equally great food and people.

Jonny Cuthbert – Private Client Sales

I joined Latimer Vintners in March 2021. Like so many in the wine trade, I started out on the shop floors of Majestic Wine, working in their Battersea, Fulham and Mayfair branches. This was followed by a stint at Charles Taylor Wines / Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants, a French wine importer specialising in Burgundy. As a result, I have a soft spot for Burgundy, both white and red, as well as Bordeaux, Italy and increasingly the Northern Rhône.

Outside of wine, distance running has long been a pursuit of mine. I have competed in dozens of marathons and ultra-marathons, a highlight of which was participating in the 2018 Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert where I achieved a top 50 elite category finish. I am also increasingly becoming a keener cyclist and golfer, and in less active moments try to eat out as much as possible, while also desperately trying to improve my French. Having been born and spent part of my childhood in Hong Kong, I am also a keen traveller, and enjoy returning to the Far East as well as visiting other places around the world.

George Miller – Private Client Sales

Like many, my career in wine started unpacking pallets of wine and loading up the cars of Majestic customers. This experience really gave me an insight into the wonderful world of wine and the opportunities it offered. Latterly, I was fortunate enough to oversee and host the tasting events for the Battersea store. These events further sparked my enthusiasm for both wine and developing customer relationships as clients (hopefully) enjoyed learning about new regions and wines under my tutelage. I joined Latimer in April 2021 and have loved the extensive portfolio we have on offer. I am part of the Private Client Sales team and have been given the role of growing our Cellar Club.

Following on from a recent trip to Burgundy to meet some of our brilliant producers, I have a particular soft spot for this iconic region. I am also thrilled to see an increased focus on wines emerging from the region of Piedmont. I love finding new and exciting producers from across the world and it is one thing that is particularly rewarding about the job as you see clients discover new producers that we love.

Away from wine, I enjoy all sports. I have a slightly disastrous career as a village cricketer, whilst often visiting Lords to watch those who are much more talented. I am also a keen cyclist and rugby fan.

Laura Hollingsworth – Buying & Sales

Far away from the world of wine, when I first moved to London I landed a job in super prime property management, where I was dealing with UHNWs on a daily basis, catering to their numerous, and often fairly bizarre, demands. It was a challenging and rewarding three years, but I was sure it was not my calling.

I come from a very food-centric family – our family food business had the Royal Warrant – and so I was lucky enough to be brought up around amazing food and, eventually, wine. So, after three years in property, I packed up and went to South Africa where I spent two months working for a family-owned Stellenbosch estate called Muratie. It was here that I really caught the wine bug, and as soon as I came back, I started my WSET education, finally passing the Diploma in 2021.

I spent the last six years working at Atlas Fine Wines, where my language skills (French and German) led me into a buying role. However, it became clear that I was also suited to a more client-facing role, and so I quickly started to build up a base of private clients. I started at Latimer in November 2023 where, in addition to my roles in buying and private client sales, I also assist James on the trade side of things.

The first region I ever visited in a professional capacity was Piedmont, which is perhaps why Nebbiolo is without a doubt my favourite grape variety. Although I’d never turn down a glass of white Burgundy or vintage Champagne either!

Away from the desk, I love cooking, tennis, old books and a good pub garden.