About Noble Rot

The team at noblerot.org has decades worth of experience in both the financial investment and the Fine Wine markets. Our knowledge of, and contacts in, both the wine and investment sectors enable us to act ahead of emerging market trends and in the case of en primeur, allow us to secure large parcels of the finest wines in each vintage for our clients.

  • Noble Rot is a fine wine investment company established in 2004 by Esme Johnstone and Clifton Wrottesley.
  • We purchase and sell investment grade wine and provide bespoke portfolio management services to a range of clients.
  • We deliver an expert, comprehensive and discreet management service for clients wishing to invest in and build up a substantial portfolio of fine wines.
  • Our clients benefit from the deep knowledge and contacts offered by the partners in the business, as well as other add-on benefits such as portfolio/cellar advice, storage & insurance at trade rates, logistics, etc.
  • Our investment service offers exceptional access to an otherwise limited fine wine market.
  • We purchase, en primeur, investment grade wines only at prices that are not offered by wholesalers or merchant.
  • We buy direct from negociants and from the chateaux/winegrowers themselves.
  • We also source back vintages at trade prices or lower through our own network and via Liv-ex the global online wine exchange
    We rely on the loyalty of our clients and our suppliers to ensure consistent allocations of the world’s finest wines at levels only available to the ‘Trade’.
  • Our model relies on our clients providing long term commitments to investing in wine.
  • We currently manage substantial individual and corporate portfolios with total wine holdings under management in excess of £5m.​

Why invest with Noble Rot

Experience & Expertise

The team at noblerot.org has decades worth of experience in both the financial investment and the Fine Wine markets. Our knowledge of, and contacts in, both the Fine Wine and investment sectors enable us to act ahead of emerging market trends and in the case of en primeur, allow us to secure large parcels of the finest wines in each vintage for our clients.

A data & provenance-led approach

When compiling a portfolio for our clients, we ensure that in each wine there is the perfect marriage of an excellent rating, demonstrable provenance, and good liquidity. When clients instruct us to ring-fence a portion of their investment for en primeur, our team actually travels to Bordeaux each year to taste and assess the vintage ourselves – allowing us to detect any emerging opportunities in the market.

Meet The Team

Managing Director

Esme Johnstone

Esme was a founder of Majestic Wines, and owner of Chateau de Sours in Bordeaux for over 15 years and a partner in Vinta a Bordeaux Negociante over the same period. He is also a consultant to FromVineyardsDirect.com, part of the Wine Company group. He has had over 35 years experience in buying and selling wine as well as making it!

Investment Manager

Luciana Everett

Luciana has extensive experience in buying wines across all regions and quality levels, she has exceptional knowledge of wine along with commercial trends and fine wine investment.

Therese
Sales and Marketing Manager

Thérèse Beaumont

Thérèse has a wealth of knowledge across all wine regions globally. With over 15 years experience in the industry, she possesses extensive knowledge of Fine Wine Investment, as well as buying and selling from all regions and on all levels.

Robyn
Administration Manager

Robyn Trotter

Robyn has extensive experience of providing first class sales and commercial support allied to a strong background in the Wine Industry. She has worked in roles providing a great customer experience to both fine wine clients and on trade customers.

Simon
Sales Manager

Simon Moss

Simon has twelve years of experience in sales and customer relations with a lifelong passion for wine and a deep appreciation for the complexities of investing in and drinking wine. Simon’s keen palate, and understanding of the production process, enable him to provide excellent insights to his clients.

Peter
Chairman

Peter Stephens

Originally qualifying and practising as a barrister Peter then pursued a successful carrier in banking. An adept investor who elevates small companies, taking some public and invests wisely in thriving ventures.  Peter brings his extensive experience of legal acumen and financial expertise to the world of fine wine. Beyond business, a profound passion for fine wines, notably left bank claret.