Beans Boughton Becomes Le Clos’ & the UAE’s First Resident Master of Wine (MW)
Only 409 Masters of Wine in the world
MW is the highest achievement within the wine industry
Le Clos customers gain special access to the in-depth knowledge and expertise of an MW
14 September 2020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Beans Boughton, MMI & Le Clos Fine Wine Category Manager has become the UAE’s first resident Master of Wine (MW), regarded as the most distinguished wine qualification in the world. Recognised worldwide for its rigour and high standards it is an outstanding achievement to pass what is a notoriously difficult set of examinations. This makes Beans one of only 409 MWs worldwide and among a handful in the Middle East and Africa.
Induction into the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine makes Beans part of a global community of highly experienced wine professionals each of whom have demonstrated the utmost knowledge and ability in the art, science and business of wine. MWs are equipped with a unique range of practical and theoretical knowledge, which enables them to work across all disciplines within the wine industry, from winemakers, oenologists and viticulturists through to shippers, retailers and writers.
This accolade further enhances Le Clos’ reputation and credibility as one of the world’s leading fine wine retailers. Offering an unparalleled opportunity, Le Clos customers can benefit from advice and recommendations, confident that these come from the depth of experience and industry awareness required to become an MW. The presence of an MW based in the UAE and working across the Le Clos portfolio is recognition of the high quality offering available to customers.
Beans started his wine career at some of the UK’s best-known wine retailers, and in 2011 completed the WSET Diploma. In 2017, he joined MMI as Fine Wine Category Manager responsible for managing 50 percent of Le Clos’ fine wine portfolio including Burgundy, Rhône, and Italy. His role also involves fine wine category management across travel retail, airlines, Dubai on-trade and retail, and MMI’s international markets.
This fantastic achievement is a milestone for Le Clos and the wine industry in the UAE and Middle East region.