Berry Brothers, Britain's leading wine merchant, is switching to Stelvin screwcaps for its house French red and white.

The London merchant only recently decided to change the closure on the popular wines, both from the Aude region of Languedoc.

They are made by Jean-Luc Terrier of Domaine des Deux Roches and will be available to consumers shortly, BBR spokeswoman Jane Lefever told decanter.com.

The red, a blend of Grenache and Merlot, and the white, from Mauzac and Chardonnay, currently sell for £4.95 per bottle.

‘Screw capes would seem to be the ideal option, removing the risk of cork taint and maintaining the wines’ all-important freshness,’ said wine director Alun Griffiths MW.

He added they had no plans to put any more of their premium own-label wines under screwcap.

‘It’s not a case of saying that one size fits all,’ he said.

In a statement, Berry Bros & Rudd said that, although it is considered to be one of the oldest wine merchants in the world, the family-owned company believes the decision to switch to screw caps for some of its wines is a way of showing itself to be open to innovation and change, whilst bearing in mind ‘important industry issues’.

Written by James Phillips