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Halewood secures distribution deal for French wine brand Bonfils

Published:  08 September, 2017

Halewood Wines & Spirits has secured a deal to distribute French wine brand Bonfils in the UK.

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Tim Atkin MW: At the mercy of the elements

Published:  07 August, 2017

It’s squeaky bum time in Chablis. Grape growers the world over consult weather forecasts on a regular basis, but in the Yonne it’s almost an obsession. You can see why the locals are worried: nature has picked them out for some particularly brutal treatment in the past two vintages.

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Red Squirrel goes up against larger rivals with £12 in-house blend

Published:  26 July, 2017

Niche wine importer Red Squirrel has released a new range of £12 in-house blended wines through which they hope to compete with the grey squirrels of the wine world.

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Gallic Appeal

Published:  22 June, 2017

France is edging its way back into the limelight as a source of adventurous, engaging and innovative wines. Andrew Catchpole reports

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TWE aims to subvert French conventions by following “New World sourcing model”

Published:  19 June, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is threatening to challenge the French status quo with the launch of its newest brand.

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Gruppo Campari exits still wine

Published:  13 June, 2017

Gruppo Campari has sold Loire Valley producer Château de Sancerre, and with it, exits from the business of selling still wine.

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Famille Helfrich to release first Margaux vintage

Published:  09 June, 2017

Famille Helfrich is to release the first vintage from its Margaux property - Château La Fortune.

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Nicolas Feuillatte blames global volume dip on poor UK performance

Published:  07 June, 2017

Nicolas Feuillatte has reported a 4% dip in global volume sales driven by the general UK market decline for Champagne.

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Crown Cellars reveals new wine portfolio

Published:  02 June, 2017

Crown Cellars, the wine division of Carlsberg UK, has unveiled its 2017/18 wine portfolio, with a focus on Spain and Italy.

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Guy Woodward: A love letter to Bordeaux. No, really…

Published:  15 May, 2017

“Ahh, so you’re the one who hates Bordeaux…” said the late, great Denis Dubourdieu when we were introduced. Bordeaux’s pre-eminent authority on white wines, Dubourdieu was a man used to having his reputation precede him. Me? Less so. As I told the master winemaker, though, I don’t hate Bordeaux. We were drinking white Haut-Brion at the time, after all. But, as I also told him – and put into print as often as I could get away with at Decanter – I do hate its arrogance, its prices, and the nauseating esteem in which it is held by those old enough to know better.

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Revamp for Mouton Cadet

Published:  27 March, 2017

After 15 years of deliberation and development, Mouton Cadet has unveiled a new look to mark an upgrading of quality and repositioning of Bordeaux's most prominent volume brand

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CIVB invites trade to Dine with Bordeaux

Published:  17 March, 2017

The Bordeaux Wine Board (CIVB) is re-launching two promotional campaigns aimed at promoting the 'versatility' of Bordeaux.

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Olivier Dauga reveals project bringing together wines from different châteaux

Published:  15 March, 2017

French winemaking consultant Olivier Dauga has launched a project bringing together wines from a selection of châteaux.

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Berkmann ballot puts Portugal on top

Published:  10 March, 2017

Berkmann Wine Cellars took the opportunity to take the temperature of up and coming grapes, styles and regions likely to cause a stir in 2017.

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Decision not to unite Vinisud and Millésime Bio branded 'damaging'

Published:  09 March, 2017

Efforts to unite two international trade shows have been thwarted after there was a disagreement over whether they should both take place under one roof.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 March, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Boost for Soave with new UK campaign

Published:  27 February, 2017

Soave, the dry white wine produced in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, is looking to boost its fortunes here in the UK this summer with the help of new trade and consumer campaign.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  24 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Strong exports show Beaujolais is back in demand in the UK

Published:  22 February, 2017

Beaujolais exports to the UK have confirmed the region's return to favour among consumers.

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Fashion police at work at Berkmann's

Published:  22 February, 2017

No one wants the title of 'most unfashionable' wine region.

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Bordeaux and Champagne double-digit drop in UK delivers global dip for French exports

Published:  14 February, 2017

Loire, Burgundy and Rhone exports rose, but Champagne and Bordeaux slump fueled a 10% value drop in French wine exports to the UK in 2016

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Own-brand Prosecco grows 79% year-on-year at Lidl

Published:  13 February, 2017

Sky-high sales of Prosecco helped Dry January to get off to a damp start in 2017. 

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Export of French Crémant to British shores increased 53% in volume and 61% by value in 2016

Published:  10 February, 2017

Prosecco's sparkling success finally appears to be opening doors for other fizz categories

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Part 2: 'Mediterranean wine' - A goldmine of untapped potential?

Published:  10 February, 2017

Yesterday, we began looking further into last week's Vinisud 2017, when the saleability of Mediterranean wines as a category was promoted to visitors.

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'Mediterranean wine' - A goldmine of untapped potential?

Published:  09 February, 2017

As Elizabeth Gabay MW noted elsewhere on Harpers.co.uk this week, wines from the Mediterranean showed enormous diversity at Vinisud 2017.

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Italian fizz continues to bubble at Buckingham Schenk

Published:  08 February, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is celebrating a 19% increase in annual turnover thanks to the indomitable UK favourites of Argentinian Malbec and Italian sparkling.

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The Champagne Academy appoints new Chairman

Published:  07 February, 2017

The academy which aims to find "Champagne's future stars" and is operated by top Champagne houses has appointed a new chairman.

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Wines of Germany returns to LWF 2017 as fair continues its evolution

Published:  06 February, 2017

London's biggest wine tasting event is welcoming another old face when it returns in May.

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Annual Champagne Tasting re-imagined with new name, venue and format

Published:  06 February, 2017

The event formerly known as the Annual Champagne Tasting is officially returning to London with a new venue and new name.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Save the date circulated for possible return of Annual Champagne Tasting

Published:  01 February, 2017

The Annual Champagne Tasting could be returning to London following the divisive decision made last year not to hold the event in 2017.

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New private club appoints wine director for Château Latour partnership

Published:  31 January, 2017

A new members club which is set to heavily feature Château Latour wines when it opens later this year has secured a wine director.

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Buyers and producers discuss forecasted higher demand for Languedoc at Vinisud

Published:  30 January, 2017

A survey of 1,100 distributors in seven countries has identified the Langeudoc as the wine region most likely to see increased consumer demand in the next 24 months.

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Chapel Down launches in France at Paris Fashion Week

Published:  24 January, 2017

Kent-based winery Chapel Down celebrated its launch in the French market with a high-profile event to open Paris Fashion Week last night.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  13 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Burgundy en primeur: Spotlight on whites

Published:  11 January, 2017

While there has been a consensus that Burgundy's 2015 reds have much to offer buyers in this year's en primeur market, there is less agreement about the quality of the region's whites.

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Tim Atkin MW: Burgundy 2015 - a year for the little guys?

Published:  11 January, 2017

Burgundy and Bordeaux may share a common language, but they are very different places.

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Major tourism centre given green-light by Burgundy's wine board

Published:  11 January, 2017

Burgundy's wine board, the BIVB, has approved its ambitious Cité des Vins de Bourgogne, a new wine tourism, culture and education centre that will be built on three sites in Beaune, Chablis and in the Mâcon.

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Burgundy en primeur 2015: What to expect from reds

Published:  06 January, 2017

The consensus is that 2015's red vintage will make an impression as Burgundy en premeur tastings prepare to get underway next week, with many wineries benefitting from picking early and mitigating the effects of a hot summer.

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Champagne leaves Prosecco in the dust as the New Year wine of choice

Published:  05 January, 2017

The unfailing success of Prosecco encountered a roadblock on New Years Eve as UK consumers ditched Italian fizz in favour of Champagne.

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English fizz beats Champagne to become official Boat Race partner

Published:  03 January, 2017

Leading English winery Chapel Down has become an official partner of the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, replacing Champagne Bollinger.

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Record harvest puts fizz in Bordeaux

Published:  22 December, 2016

Cremant de Bordeaux sparkling wine is one of the clear winners of record new highs in overall Bordeaux wine production

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Three new appellations awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages (with Geographical Names) status

Published:  19 December, 2016

France's second largest AOC winegrowing region has promoted three new villages within the appellation hierarchy.

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Prosecco bursts Champagne's bubble with faster sales growth across Europe

Published:  14 December, 2016

Sales of Prosecco in the UK continue to rise faster than Champagne despite the Champagne sector's attempts to compete by dropping prices.

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Wine trends: Predictions 2017

Published:  13 December, 2016

White from red regions, Loire and premium US whites are going to be 2017's big winners, according to Bibendum.

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Bourgogne Week comes to London

Published:  06 December, 2016

Christmas is still two-and-a-half weeks away but the organisers of the event which aims to "unlock the secrets" Burgundy are already preparing to showcase what the region can offer in 2017.

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Usain Bolt becomes "CEO" of top Champagne house

Published:  29 November, 2016

Usain Bolt has swapped winning for wines in a new partnership with one of France's largest Champagne producers.

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Vinisud goes annual

Published:  28 November, 2016

The trade tasting which puts wines of the Mediterranean in the spotlight has become annual fixture on the international's trade's calendar.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  25 November, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Mouton Cadet gets on board with America's Cup

Published:  22 November, 2016

Mouton Cadet has been confirmed as the official wine of the 35th America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport.

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Indian summer and 2015 reserves help to bolster troubled Loire harvest

Published:  14 November, 2016

One of the world's preeminent winemaking regions has bounced back following a troubling year, with ideal weather conditions at the close of the season helping grapes to reach "peak levels" of ripeness.

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Jackson Family Wines launches new international distribution strategy for flagship wineries

Published:  07 November, 2016

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has upped the global distribution of two of its top Californian wineries, Cardinale and Vérité, to increase supply outside of the US and Canada.

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New Waddesdon national sales director looks to expand Rothschild wines in the UK

Published:  01 November, 2016

Waddesdon Wine, which imports and markets wines from the Rothschild wineries, has appointed a national sales director as they look to expand the presence of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR Lafite) within the UK off-trade.

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Provence Part 2: Oaked, whites and reds coming to the fore

Published:  01 November, 2016

In Part 1 of our Provence two-parter, we looked at how Provence is evolving its 'pink summer quaffing' reputation.

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Provence Part 1: Beyond summer rosé

Published:  31 October, 2016

It used to be that when you opened that bottle of Cotes de Provence rosé that you bought back from the south of France, the phrase "Caveat Emptor" would run through your head.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  28 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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World wine production 2016 one of the poorest in 20 years

Published:  27 October, 2016

The amount of wine being produced worldwide has dropped to one of the lowest in 20 years according to the latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

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First M&S listing for Champagne Lanson

Published:  26 October, 2016

Marks & Spencer is to list Champagne Lanson for the first time with its award-winning Extra Age Brut NV gift box.

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Alsace sales up in the UK following three successive years of low yields

Published:  21 October, 2016

Sales of Alsace wines to the UK have jumped according to the latest figures released by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace (CIVA) - an encouraging sign for the region which has suffered a string of small harvests in recent years.

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Acquisitions and partnerships: Alhambra, Calabria Wines and AdVini

Published:  20 October, 2016

A leading Spanish brewery, a French wine company and New South Wales winemakers have announced new partnerships and takeovers this week in the hope of extending their reach to key international markets.

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Beaujolais UK exports jump for second year in a row

Published:  13 October, 2016

Beaujolais exports to the UK have enjoyed a second year of encouraging growth, with volume up 18% and value up 20.9% between July 2015 and July 2016.

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Reserves to be used to supplement reduced Chablis vintage

Published:  13 October, 2016

Reserves from vintage 2015 will be used to supplement reduced yields from this year's harvest in Chablis following disastrous weather in April this year.

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France bouncing back from New World competition

Published:  11 October, 2016

As wine consumers have got more savvy, better informed and far more international in their choices - aided by a UK marketplace with arms open to wines from across the globe - France has seen its reputation and fortunes change.

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Jura wines to partner with Comté for 2016 tasting

Published:  10 October, 2016

This year's Jura wine trade and press tasting will feature the region's other principal export - Comté cheese - for the first time.

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New British Champagne house claims to offer Champagne for the digital age

Published:  10 October, 2016

A British-based holding company is claiming to be the first major prospective champagne house to open since Nicholas Feuillatte in 1972.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Sud de France flags up extended Occitanie reach at 10th anniversary tasting

Published:  06 October, 2016

Marketing brand Sud de France used its annual London tasting to communicate and clarify its extended Occitanie reach

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National Champagne Week a welcome boost for struggling category

Published:  06 October, 2016

The UK has been popping bubbly this week for National Champagne Week - a much needed boost for the category which has seen a slow down in growth over the past year.

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Tim Atkin MW: What will happen to brand Brangelina?

Published:  30 September, 2016

You can always rely on the wine trade to show a sense of perspective. As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie prepare to eviscerate one another in the divorce courts, no doubt damaging the lives of their six children in the process, the question on everyone's lips is: what's going to happen to Château Miraval?

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  30 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Q&A: Armelle Cruse, the vice president of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc

Published:  29 September, 2016

At a tasting of the 2014 Official Selection of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc, Justin Keay spoke with Armelle Cruse, the vice president of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc about the organisation's ambitious new classification plans.

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Unprecedented weather has had "major impact" on Champagne economy

Published:  28 September, 2016

Frost, mildew and scalding weather in 2016 has had a "major impact" on Champagne, accounting for as much as 80% crop losses in one area before the harvest even began.

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English sparkling wine had its best summer yet, says Vivino

Published:  22 September, 2016

English sparkling wine hit an all time high in the UK this summer, according to wine app, Vivino.

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National Champagne Week aiming to improve Champagne's approachability

Published:  22 September, 2016

National Champagne Week returns for the fourth time next month, aiming to bring the ever popular French fizz to a new audience.

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Rising stars to appear at first Sud de France tasting since Occitanie extension

Published:  21 September, 2016

The body which overseas an promotes premium wines from the southern France, is due to hold its first annual tasting since the Occitanie region was extended to include both the Languedoc-Roussillon and the Sud Ouest.

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Vins de Bordeaux launches promo campaign with leading restaurant group

Published:  16 September, 2016

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) is running a promotional campaign with six brands within one of the UK's leading restaurant and pub companies.

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UK Indian Summer and frost in Champagne spells success for English wines

Published:  16 September, 2016

Winemakers at Naked Wines are predicting a top vintage for English Sparkling wine thanks to a September heat wave and low rainfall.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  16 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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French microalgae may be the answer to key vine diseases

Published:  15 September, 2016

A microalgae found in the sea off Brittany's coastline can wipe-out key vine diseases with new scientific tests in France showing 100% efficiency in destroying Downey Mildew. The major scientific breakthrough could provide natural alternatives to the use of pesticides on vineyards.

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How young Bordeaux winemakers are leading the charge for accessibility and affordability

Published:  12 September, 2016

Organic Bordeaux producer and educator Laetitia Ouspointour is one of a generation young, dynamic winemakers who have made it their mission to debunk some of the most persistent Bordeaux myths.

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Bordeaux producers encourage wine students

Published:  09 September, 2016

The official selection of Cru Bourgeois wines for the 2014 vintage will be unveiled this month by new president of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc Olivier Cuvelier.

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Analysis: Exploring the Loire

Published:  08 September, 2016

Happily for the adventurous among us the Loire Valley is brimming with epicurean opportunity. If you need an acid-fresh white or two on the list, there are plenty less familiar names than the ubiquitous Sancerre to turn to. In the hunt for alternatives, let's start with some of the more obvious choices.

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Inaugural Fitou wine tasting coming to London

Published:  05 September, 2016

Languedoc sub-region Fitou is holding its first trade tasting in the capital next week, to show off the vast improvement in wines from the area.

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Languedoc producers latest victims of hail storms in France

Published:  22 August, 2016

The Languedoc was the most recent region to suffer at the hands of extreme weather, when a severe hailstorm hit last week.

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The Wine Show's Joe Fattorini to run Médoc Marathon raising £5K for The Benevolent

Published:  09 August, 2016

ITV's 'The Wine Show' presenter Joe Fattorini is set to run the Médoc Marathon and aims to raise £5,000 for drinks charity The Benevolent.

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Southern France city streets flood with wine following vandalism

Published:  04 August, 2016

French police have confirmed the criminal nature of an attack on a wine storage business in the port city of Sète, in southern France.

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Loire: a new opportunity?

Published:  29 July, 2016

While the Loire was among the highest climbers of France's wine regions in terms of UK exports in 2015, frost this year has forced several independent Loire producers to redistribute and raise their prices of existing allocations.

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Bordeaux brings a touch of tradition to Cotswolds' The Big Feastival

Published:  29 July, 2016

Traditional French wine and festivals in the heart of the great British countryside haven't always gone hand in hand.

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Outrage as the London Annual Champagne Tasting is cancelled

Published:  28 July, 2016

The committee which organises the annual London event has announced that it will not be holding this year's tasting - and doesn't know when or if it will return to the UK.

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Top wine consultant and professor Denis Dubourdieu dies aged 67

Published:  27 July, 2016

Top claret from Bordeaux may have always cast a shadow over local white wines, but that was until the work of Denis Dubourdieu.

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French wine production expected to drop 8% for 2016 due to poor spring weather

Published:  25 July, 2016

French wine production is expected to decline 8% for the 2016 harvest following the damaging hailstorms and spring frost which hit several different areas across the country according to the French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll.

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Inter-Beaujolais appoints new leaders for two year term

Published:  21 July, 2016

Inter-Beaujolais has appointed two new leaders as part of a two year rotation to lead the producer association.

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Cocktail craze in the UK still has room to grow

Published:  14 July, 2016

New research released from CGA Strategy's International Cocktail Report, Great Britain's cocktail consumption has evolved, but there are still opportunities that may be available if trends in the US are anything to go by.

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Côtes du Rhône to launch free art pop-up called The Rhône Touch

Published:  13 July, 2016

Côtes du Rhône will be launching a pop-up in collaboration with the London College of Communication (LCC) and chef Adam Rawson for an interactive art exhibition called The Rhône Touch.

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Analysis: Wines from the south of France's dramatic evolution

Published:  11 July, 2016

The revolution in Languedoc-Roussillon winemaking is one of the most dramatic in France's wine industry in recent times.

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Liv-ex: En Primeur 2015 sales less than 25% of 2009 levels

Published:  11 July, 2016

In a final report on En Primeur 2015 from fine wine trading platform Liv-ex, the company predicts that the prices seen in 2009 and 2010 are now a thing of the past.

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Muscadet Revolution: New Rules, New Grapes

Published:  04 July, 2016

The rules of Muscadet's three generic appellations have been torn up: under new locally approved plans, Colombard, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Gris grape varieties will now be permitted to make up to 20% of blends of entry-level Muscadet wines.

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French rosé forerunner expands UK range

Published:  29 June, 2016

Vranken Pommery Monopole group, known in the UK for Grande Marque Champagne brands such as Pommery, is extending its rosé offering from estates in both Provence and the Camargue.

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Saint- Émilion Grand Crus 2015 vintage helps to boost interest in the region

Published:  16 June, 2016

At yesterday's Association de Grand Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion held in London, the 2015 vintages drew a crowd, further demonstrating the relatively small appellation can compete with many of its larger neighbouring appellations.

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Label launched for Londoners who "can't tell their chardonnay from their sangiovese"

Published:  16 June, 2016

A forward-thinking wine label has been launched to dispel the "myth" that those who don't know about wine can't have good taste.

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Champagne de Castelnau undergoes image revamp

Published:  10 June, 2016

Champagne de Castelnau is heading in a new ultra modern direction for its centenary with the launch of its first prestige cuvée.

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Rémy Cointreau annual net profits up following foreign exchange boost

Published:  09 June, 2016

Improved Cognac sales and a big boost from a favourable foreign exchange helped to drive profits for Rémy Cointreau, which saw annual 2016 net profits soar 10.6%, beating expectations for the business.

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Loire Valley's frost loss estimates hit an average of 30%

Published:  08 June, 2016

Following a meeting last month, Loire Valley vineyard owners and producers came together to asses the damage of frost that hit several wine producing regions across France in late April and estimate that 20- 30% of the harvest may be lost.

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Nicolas Feuillatte launches contemporary communication strategy

Published:  08 June, 2016

A major marketing shake up was unveiled at Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's 40th anniversary bash in Paris on 7 June

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Burgundy negociants plan Pinot Noir takeover with Languedoc winery

Published:  06 June, 2016

Badet Clement, the winemakers behind Les Jamelles, have unveiled a multimillion-euro winery in the Languedoc - part of a strategy to improve the quality of the region by importing Burgundy "philosophy".

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Sulphur debate boils over

Published:  03 June, 2016

With the emergence of a counterculture in wine styles, the President of the OIV, the International Vine and Wine Organisation, has issued a controversial warning over the push to reduce sulphur (SO2) levels in wine.

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Tim Atkin MW: Where does Spain fit in the battle for wine supremacy?

Published:  03 June, 2016

Tim Atkin takes a look at Spanish terrior and where Spanish wines fit in the hieracrchy for supermacy as a top wine producing country.

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Champagne de Castelnau celebrates centenary with new launch

Published:  02 June, 2016

Champagne de Castelnau is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with the launch of its first prestige cuvée

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Taittinger gastronomy competition reaches the big 50

Published:  01 June, 2016

Champagne Taittinger is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their renowned Taittinger Prix Culinaire International.

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VIDEO: Weekend hailstorms ravage parts of France and Italy

Published:  01 June, 2016

Over the past few days severe weather has ravaged wine regions across France and Italy and it is expected to have devastating effects on the 2016 harvest.

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ICCWS: Cool climate wine gaining ground

Published:  01 June, 2016

Speaking at the Cool Climate Symposium (ICCWS) in Brighton last week, Oz Clarke said cool climate wines such as English and Welsh wines, could be the perfect antidote to the big, overripe wines.

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Promotion for UK indies to drive Provence rosé growth

Published:  31 May, 2016

Vins de Provence is launching a necktag promotion to support sales and drive awareness of Provence rosé wines in UK indies.

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$100 million of counterfeit wine in circulation

Published:  25 May, 2016

The wine and drinks industry is under attack from fraudsters selling fake packaging and counterfeit alcohol - and thanks to new technology, the problem is only going to worsen.

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Gilbert's Grape: One night in Rioja

Published:  24 May, 2016

As a wine journalist, I have been told I can expect to see hundreds of barrel rooms and vineyards in the course of my new career.

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Sales are up at Nicolas Feuillatte but export volume down due to a "fiercely competitive" UK market

Published:  24 May, 2016

Top Champagne house Centre Vinicole - Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (CV-CNF) has released its sales figures for last year which show growth of 2% from 2014 and 2015 - although exports are down.

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Britain overtaken in fine wine at auction by China and the US

Published:  18 May, 2016

Britain has been overtaken by China and the United States, as some of the top countries for buying and investing in fine wines at auction.

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Moët & Chandon launches "pink partner" to its Blanc Ice Impérial NV

Published:  17 May, 2016

Moët & Chandon is launching its Moët Ice Impérial Rosé NV, believed to be the first ever Rosé Champagne to be served over ice.

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Voters could follow wine-drinkers' lead in EU referendum, says Majestic

Published:  16 May, 2016

Britons' growing taste for New World wines over the Old could be the key to unlocking how consumers will vote in the EU referendum this summer.

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Loire Valley Wines joins Nyetimber for London Wine Week

Published:  12 May, 2016

Loire Valley Wines have joined Nyetimber to be the two headline partners for this year's London Wine Week festival by DrinkUp.London.

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Analysis: New wine regions continue to emerge

Published:  12 May, 2016

New wine regions and areas with renewed vigour continue to emerge on to the world stage. Has there ever been a better time to drink wine?

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IWC 2016: France awarded most IWC gold medals for 2016

Published:  11 May, 2016

France was awarded a total of 130 gold medals, with Champagne alone capturing 50 golds, making it the most awarded country at the 2016 International Wine Challenge.

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The Champagne Academy celebrates 60 years and unveils its 2016 course programme

Published:  11 May, 2016
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Domaines Paul Mas aims to remove sulphur by 2020

Published:  04 May, 2016

Over the past year, Domaines Paul Mas has succeeded in fermenting without using any SO2 until right at the end of the vinification process.

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Insights: What lies ahead following En Primeur?

Published:  03 May, 2016

It has been nearly five years since the Bordeaux fine wine market, which had been riding an incredible high, came to a screeching halt and it has been on a downward spiral ever since - until now.

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Analysis: Burgundy's best buys

Published:  29 April, 2016

With Burgundy prices edging ever upwards, supply short and demand on a high, Tim Atkin MW looks at canny buys.

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JP Chenet expands into the on-trade with draught partnership

Published:  29 April, 2016

French winemaker JP Chenet is moving into the dispense on-trade market in partnership with Vimto Out Of Home.

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Revealed: The ten countries drinking two thirds of the world's wine

Published:  28 April, 2016

Italy, France and Spain continue to dominate in terms of production, but who is drinking the most wine?

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ICCWS 2016: What to expect from climate change

Published:  28 April, 2016

In recent weeks, much emphasis has been placed on the short-term benefits of global warming.

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Armit Wines wins rights to grower champagne agency

Published:  27 April, 2016

Armit Wines has become the exclusive UK agent for Champagne Geoffroy, hoping to capitalise on boosted sales of growers' champagne.

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Bibendum PLB takes on Cellier des Princes

Published:  26 April, 2016

Rhone Valley based Cellier des Princes, has appointed the Bibendum PLB Group to distribute its wines across all channels in the UK.

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Value of Côtes du Rhône exports to UK jump 12%

Published:  26 April, 2016

Côtes du Rhône (CDR) wine exports to Britain increased by more than 2% last year, but their value jumped by more than 12% to €82m (£63.5m) suggesting a commercial shift toward the mid-to high-end market is paying off.

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English sparkling wine goes head to head with Champagne in Paris

Published:  22 April, 2016

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association put English sparkling wine up against Champagne in a blind tasting in Paris.

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Insights: Some chateaux urge Bordelais to be 'very prudent' with en primeur pricing

Published:  21 April, 2016

Bernard Magrez and his daughter Cecile Daquin, of Chateau Pape Clement, are urging other chateaux owners to be 'very prudent' this year when it comes to en primeur pricing.  "This could be the last chance for Bordeaux" to woo back buyers warns Daquin.

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Les Grands Chais de France launches a new range of quality wines onto the UK following acquisition

Published:  18 April, 2016

Les Grands Chais de France is preparing to expand its offering of premium wines to the UK market following the purchase of Château Belles Eaux in the South of France.

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Louis Latour 1932-2016: Burgundy's maverick negociant and wine producer

Published:  07 April, 2016

Louis Latour, Burgundy's maverick negociant and wine producer, is remembered as a man with a passion and a history

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Armagnac Academies returns to London for one-day course

Published:  05 April, 2016

Drinks connoisseurs looking to increase their knowledge of one Europe's oldest spirits can sign-up for a professional one-day course, which is returning to London following a sold out event in New York.

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Anti-fraud squad raids Burgundy producer Bejot Vins et Terroirs

Published:  04 April, 2016

A judicial investigation into suspected fraudulent wine production in France is underway following a major customs police swoop in the heart of Burgundy.

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Thiénot Bordeaux-Champagne taps Dagley for UK commercial role

Published:  01 April, 2016

Thiénot Bordeaux-Champagne has appointed ex-Majestic buyer, Nick Dagley as its new commercial director for the UK and Ireland.

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London tasting for Saint-Emilion 2015 vintage announced

Published:  30 March, 2016

The Association de Grands Crus Classés de Saint-Emilion will be bringing representatives of 38 châteaux to London for a tasting next month.

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Insights: French wine exports to the UK are changing

Published:  30 March, 2016

The latest data from French customs shows Bordeaux wine exports to Britain fell sharply by almost 7% (6.79%) last year when compared with 2014, but their value increased by 2.08%.

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Mouton Cadet unveils limited edition cuvée for 2016 Ryder Cup

Published:  29 March, 2016

Mouton Cadet, the official wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup, has partnered with legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. to create a limited edition prestige cuvée for this year's competition.

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Boutinot adds premium Provence rosé to roster

Published:  29 March, 2016

Leading UK agency Boutinot has added organic Provence estate Château Gairoird to its portfolio.

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CIVB appoints Fiona Juby as UK market consultant

Published:  18 March, 2016

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux wines has hired Fiona Juby as its market consultant for the UK.

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Good Provence 2015 harvest bolsters growing rosé market

Published:  11 March, 2016

The 2015 harvest in Provence produced 1.308 million hectolitres, according to the latest figures from the region's marketing body, the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence.

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Skin Côntact reveals vocalists for eagerly anticipated comeback show

Published:  10 March, 2016

UK wine-trade supergroup Skin Côntact, which is reforming in aid of Wine Relief at London's Islington Academy on Thursday, May 12, has announced the names of the first five vocalists to appear with them.

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UK retains Champagne export crown as sales return to growth

Published:  08 March, 2016

The UK continued its unbroken reign as the world's largest Champagne export market in 2015, according to figures released today by the Comité Champagne.

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Grand Cercle hosts first UK en primeur tasting for promising 2015 vintage

Published:  07 March, 2016

The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux is to hold its 2015 vintage tasting on Wednesday, March 23.

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Hallgarten marks International Women's Day with Women With Bottle promotion

Published:  07 March, 2016

Leading UK distributor Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has launched a three-month promotion celebrating women winemakers to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.

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Tim Atkin MW: wising up to en primeur

Published:  04 March, 2016

You might not have noticed, but the annual Bordeaux en primeur campaign is almost upon us.

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Champagne de Castelnau unveils limited release Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2003

Published:  03 March, 2016

Champagne de Castelnau is to release a rare Blanc de Blancs from the challenging 2003 vintage.

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Vranken Pommery launches Provence and Camargue rosés in the UK

Published:  29 February, 2016

Champagne house Vranken Pommery Monopole is releasing a range of 2015 vintage rosés from its Camargue and Provence vineayards on the UK market as the popularity of drier, Provence-style rosés continues to grow.

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Nina Sears joins Louis Latour Agencies

Published:  26 February, 2016

Fine wine distributor Louis Latour Agencies has appointed Nina Sears as regional account manager for the Midlands, Wales and the South-West.

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Food pairing drives booming UK sales for Provence rosé

Published:  26 February, 2016

Sales of Provence rosé wines rose dramatically in the UK last year, up 37% by volume year on year and 11% by value, according to figures from regional marketing body, the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence.

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Bruno Paillard launches 2008 vintage in UK market

Published:  25 February, 2016

The UK is the first international market to feature the 2008 "Assemblage" Champagne from Reims-based Champagne house Bruno Paillard.

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Beaujolais outperforms rival French regions with strong UK exports

Published:  19 February, 2016

Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages posted exceptional volume and value growth in the UK in 2015, according to the latest figures from Ubi France.

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New UK and Ireland MD for Les Grands Chais de France

Published:  16 February, 2016

French wine producer Les Grands Chais de France has promoted UK off-trade director Mark Kears to be the group's new managing director for UK and Ireland.

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Cairanne promoted to Cru status

Published:  16 February, 2016

Cairanne, in the Côtes du Rhône, has been awarded 'appelation communale' status by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine.

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Côtes du Rhône promises "spectacular" 2015 vintage

Published:  12 February, 2016

The 2015 harvest in the Rhône Valley is one of the best in professional memory, Côtes du Rhône Wines is reporting, with reds in particular showing great promise.

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Weak euro offsets ongoing slide in French wine and spirits exports

Published:  11 February, 2016

The ongoing weakness of the euro in the global currency markets has proved a boon for makers of wine and spirits in France, according to figures released by the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins et Spiritueux de France.

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Wine world prepares for Vinisud 2016

Published:  10 February, 2016

Over 1,700 exhibitors will converge on Montpellier next week for Vinisud, the biennial International Mediterranean Wines and Spirits Exhibition.

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Champagne Deutz partners with Garsington Opera for 2016 season

Published:  05 February, 2016

Champagne Deutz is to be the official champagne partner for the 2016 season of the Garsington Opera.

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New marketing and communications director for Côtes du Rhône Wines

Published:  01 February, 2016

Inter Rhône, the joint professional organization for Côtes du Rhône and Rhône Valley AOC wines, has appointed Virginie Charlier as its new marketing and communications director.

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Maison M Chapoutier extends into Provence with new acquisition

Published:  22 January, 2016

Leading Rhône winery Maison M. Chapoutier has announced its acquisition of the Château des Ferrages vineyard in Provence for an undisclosed sum.

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Matthew Clark adds Remoissenet to premium portfolio

Published:  20 January, 2016

Leading on-trade distributor Matthew Clark has added Burgundy producer Remoissenet Père et Fils to its premium Wines of Distinction portfolio.

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Chablis Wine Competition winners revealed

Published:  18 January, 2016

The 30th annual Chablis Wine Competition, held on January 16 in the village of Chablis, saw 27 wines from the iconic region take home medals.

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Bouvet Ladubay launches sparkling red Bouvet Rubis in Majestic

Published:  15 January, 2016

Bouvet Ladubay, the largest producer of traditional method sparkling wines in Saumur, has launched a demi-sec red sparkling wine, Bouvet Rubis, in Majestic.

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Justerini & Brooks signs exclusive deal with Château Unang

Published:  07 January, 2016

Fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks has been appointed the new, sole agents for boutique Rhône winery Château Unang.

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French Wine Discoveries set for annual London tasting

Published:  06 January, 2016

The French Wine Discoveries tasting returns to London for its 14th year later this month.

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New EU regulations promise French wine-making revolution

Published:  05 January, 2016

EU regulations which came into force on January 1 will radically change wine production in France.

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Armit releases highly anticipated 2014 Domaine Leflaive en primeur

Published:  16 December, 2015

Fine wine merchant Armit Wines has announced the en primeur release of the 2014 vintage from highy regarded Burgundy winemaker Domaine Leflaive.

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Clos des Grives celebrates 2013 vintage release on film

Published:  15 December, 2015

Côte du Rhône estate Clos des Grives is marking the release of its 2013 vintage with a short film.

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Wine declines in popularity among the young in France, survey shows

Published:  10 December, 2015

Still wine is the preferred alcoholic drink of the French, being the top choice of 34% of consumers. Spirits and cocktails come next (22%), followed by beer (16%), then Champagne and sparkling wines (15%), according to the latest annual SOWINE/SSI Barometer survey of French attitudes to wine.

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Flint Wines to unveil the reborn Domaine Launay-Horiot at 2016 en primeur tasting

Published:  10 December, 2015

London-based on-trade supplier Flint Wines has added Burgundy's resurrected Domaine Launay-Horiot estate to its portfolio.

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Insight: Consumer wine style trends into 2016

Published:  07 December, 2015

 Will Malbec and Prosecco continue to attract consumers at a break-neck pace or is that so last year? Angela Mount reports

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Tim Atkin MW: The battle over inheritance in Burgundy

Published:  04 December, 2015

Tim Atkin MW weighs in on the battle over inheritance in Burgundy and how it is tough for families where some want to sell and others want to carry on the family tradition.

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Analysis: Champagne battles for the top spot

Published:  04 December, 2015

In an ultra-competitive market within the buoyant category of sparkling wine, the world's most established and classic fizz tenaciously holds on to its market share. Anne Krebiehl MW reports

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New exhibition explores influence of Avignon Papacy on Châteauneuf du Pape

Published:  03 December, 2015

A new exhibition has opened in Châteauneuf du Pape which explores the relationship between the appelation and the Avignon Papacy.

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CIVB offers chance to win weekend with top Bordelaise winemakers

Published:  02 December, 2015

Six UK wine lovers are being offered the chance to spend a weekend with a leading Bordelaise winemaker and learn the tricks of the trade, thanks to the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB).

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Insights: Better exchange rate, high enough quality means buying opportunities for 2014 Burgundy

Published:  24 November, 2015

Panos Kakaviatos reports on the Hospices de Beaune auction and the opportunities he found for Burgundy's 2014 vintage. He found 2015 may raise more headlines, but 2014 may offer better price/quality ratios.

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Vinadeis and Origin seal global strategic partnership

Published:  10 November, 2015

French wine producer Vinadeis and South Africa's Origin Wines have signed a formal strategic partnership.

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Analysis: Is Burgundy is set for one of its greatest vintages?

Published:  10 November, 2015

Perhaps keen not to be outdone by Bordeaux, where hopes for 2015 are already very high, Burgundy is set for one of its greatest vintages. That, at least, is the view of Thierry Budin, president of Chateau de Santenay, which owns 98 hectares of vines across fourteen appellations of Burgundy.

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Zind Humbrecht picks Gonzalez Byass to drive UK sales

Published:  05 November, 2015

Alsace winery, Domaine Zind Humbrecht has appointed Gonzalez Byass as its exclusive UK distributor.

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Harvest hailstorms fail to marr first-rate Chablis vintage

Published:  02 November, 2015

Winemakers are reporting an excellent Chablis vintage this year, despite potential turmoil caused by hailstorms as the harvest began.

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Analysis: Greatest Champagne vintage for 70 years?

Published:  30 October, 2015

Geoffery Dean gets the inside scoop on this year's harvest from some of the iconic Champagne houses

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Analysis: Gavin Quinney weighs in on the Bordeaux harvest 2015 and how the 'rule of five' may come into play

Published:  30 October, 2015

As the harvest draws to a close in Bordeaux, Gavin Quinney talks us through the early predictions and explains why the 'Bordeaux rule of five' is likely to come into play this year

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Alsace growers see promise of greatness in 2015 vintage

Published:  29 October, 2015

The Alsace harvest looks set to be high-quality, despite slightly lower yields, according to early reports.

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Geoffrey Dean weighs in on Veuve Clicquot's latest release the La Grande Dame 2006

Published:  27 October, 2015

While the 2006 vintage of Veuve Clicquot's La Grande Dame does not sing quite like its much lauded 2002 counterpart, which had better structure and more depth, the latest release is another very impressive offering from the celebrated Champagne house

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Rhône valley winemakers report top-quality 2015 harvest

Published:  26 October, 2015

Wine producers across the Rhône Valley are reporting a high-quality vintage after this year's harvest.

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Ackerman targets UK with new marketing and PR agency

Published:  23 October, 2015

Crémant de Loire producer Ackerman is set to re-establish itself in the UK market.

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Borough Wines launches new store with Château Castera tasting

Published:  19 October, 2015

Borough Wines is launching its new Shoreditch store and wine bar with an exclusive event for the press and trade.

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D&D expands into winemaking with its own range of wines

Published:  16 October, 2015

The D&D London restaurant group is launching its own range of wines to offer its customers.

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Côtes du Rhône Wines announces Game of TRhône quiz night

Published:  14 October, 2015

Winter is coming. And with it, news of the annual Côtes du Rhône Wines quiz night.

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Italy overtakes France again as world's leading wine producer

Published:  12 October, 2015

Italy has regained its position as the world's largest wine producer this year, according to figures submitted to the European Union.

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Alsace throws spotlight on terroir and food pairings with autumn promotional push

Published:  06 October, 2015

Alsace wines are getting an autumn promotional boost in the UK with an online sponsorship and trade tasting.

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Mouton Cadet extends Ryder Cup partnership to Hazeltine in 2016

Published:  01 October, 2015

Mouton Cadet has been named as the official wine of golf's 2016 Ryder Cup.

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Médoc producers approve timetable for move to Crus Bourgeois classification system

Published:  22 September, 2015

Members of the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the creation of a classification system for their wines.

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Badét Clement buys Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in Languedoc

Published:  21 September, 2015

French wine producer Badet Clément has acquired its own vineyards in the Languedoc region with the purchase of Domaine de la Métairie d'Alon.

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Analysis: A rise in white and red wines from Bordeaux demostrate its diversity

Published:  16 September, 2015

Looking beyond red and the hype of en primeur there seems to be a resurgence in white and rosé wines from Bordeaux.

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Prestige Champagne cuvée from Taittinger gets UK release

Published:  15 September, 2015

Taittinger is releasing its 2006 vintage Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut this month.

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Sparkling wine continues to fizz with on-trade sales up by more than half in a year

Published:  15 September, 2015

Sparkling wine is the star performer in the drinks trade with the value of on-trade sales up by more than half in the year to July 7, according to Nielsen figures in the third quarter market report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Q&A: Philippe Dhalluin, managing director of Châteaux wines, Château Mouton Rothschild

Published:  14 September, 2015

Dhalluin has been overseeing the winemaking at Mouton Rothschild and several of its estates since 2003. He talks about the joys, as well as the pressures, of leading arguably one of the most iconic wine labels in the world.

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Gonzalez Byass wraps up three prestige Deutz Champagnes in gift pack

Published:  07 September, 2015

Gonzalez Byass UK has launched a Champagne Deutz gift pack featuring three fizzes from the 2008 vintage.

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Luxury cuvée matured in steel, wood and glass released by Möet

Published:  07 September, 2015

Moët & Chandon is to release a prestige cuvée called MCIII in October.

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Alsace Riesling gets Majestic listing after vote by store managers

Published:  01 September, 2015

A Riesling from Alsace has been added to the Majestic range after winning a poll of the group's 211 store managers.

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LGI signs deal with Rhone producer to supply its wines to the UK

Published:  01 September, 2015

Southern French wine specialist LGI is to handle the wines of Rhône producer Dauvergne & Ranvier in the UK.

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Hedonism to offer collection of rare Dom Pérignon vintages

Published:  28 August, 2015

Luxury London retailer Hedonism Wines is to open a cellar devoted to rare vintages of Dom Pérignon Champagne.

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Model Karembeu joins up with Lanson's Tsarine to launch Champagne

Published:  26 August, 2015

Fashion model Adriana Karembeu has put her name to a new Champagne in the Lanson International portfolio.

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Maison Sichel banks on 2008 vintage of Pessac-Léognan's Chateau Olivier

Published:  25 August, 2015

Maison Sichel has bought the entire remaining stock of Cru Classé Bordeaux estate Chateau Olivier's 2008 vintage wine.

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Jascots launches on-trade exclusive Champagne

Published:  21 August, 2015

On-trade supplier Jascots Wine Merchants has launched its own Champagne brand.

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July fine wine prices soften but fund management firm expects a swing back in the autumn

Published:  21 August, 2015

A leading wine investment fund manager says it expects prices to rise again in the autumn after softening during the summer.

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Beaujolais commits to three more years in the UK and a first campaign for Ireland

Published:  20 August, 2015

The Beaujolais wine region has committed to run a generic campaign in the UK for the next three years - and will enter the Republic of Ireland for the first time.

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On-trade venues line up programme of events to celebrate National Champagne Week

Published:  12 August, 2015

Nineteen on-trade venues have signed up for National Champagne Week which runs from October 1-7.

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Gosset and Frapin leave McKinley Vintners for Louis Latour Agencies

Published:  04 August, 2015

Louis Latour Agencies has poached both Champagne Gosset and Cognac Frapin from McKinley Vintners. The two prestigious brands - both owned by family group Renaud Cointreau - joined the Latour portfolio on 1 August 2015.

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Bibendum PLB strengthens buying team with Pyatt hire

Published:  29 July, 2015

Bibendum PLB has recruited Alastair Pyatt, head buyer at Jascots, to join its buying team. Pyatt will be responsible for sourcing French wine for Bibendum, PLB and Walker & Woodhouse.

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Insights: The increasing commonality of prestige Champagne

Published:  29 July, 2015

James Lawrence examines the increasing commonality of the de luxe and vintage Champagne segment.

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Champagne Lanson has a 'perfect start' to summer campaign

Published:  27 July, 2015

Champagne Lanson's 'The Perfect Start' programme of sponsorship throughout the British summer is already bearing fruit.

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Multi-vintage Lallier Champagne makes UK debut through Boutinot

Published:  21 July, 2015

Champagne Lallier has released the first cuvée in its Série R collection of multi-vintage NV Champagnes through Boutinot in the UK.

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Q&A: Julie Campos takes the helm of Nicolas Feuillatte

Published:  21 July, 2015

It's been six months since Julie Campos took the helm at Nicolas Feuillatte. Erin Smith caught up with her to find out how she plans to shake up the status quo for the iconic Champagne brand

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Bordeaux brand Mouton Cadet tees off with golf deal at the Open

Published:  17 July, 2015

Bordeaux wine brand Mouton Cadet is the official wine supplier to The Open golf tournament which started yesterday and reaches a climax on Sunday.

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French producer Badet Clement puts together UK plans with Jigsaw

Published:  14 July, 2015

French wine producer Badet Clement is planning a major assault on the UK market after signing a deal with a new distribution company set up by the former off-trade sales director of Bibendum Wines.

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Burgundy and Champagne vineyards celebrate after being declared UN world heritage sites

Published:  06 July, 2015

Vineyards in Burgundy and champagne have been listed as United Nations world heritage sites.

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Lanson Champagne year end results down slightly, but looks to expand globally

Published:  23 June, 2015

Lanson Champagne's year end financial results saw revenue and profit slide for the year, but with renewed investment in the brand, building inventory stocks and expanding internationally, Paul Beavis told harpers.co.uk at Vinexpo, he is optimistic about the future of the brand.

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Vinexpo: Val d'Orbieu-Uccoar rebrands as Vinadeis and bets on bulk wine for the future

Published:  18 June, 2015

Val d'Orbieu-Uccoar, the biggest wine producer in France, has announced at Vinexpo it has changed its name to Vinadeis and it would be moving forward with a greater focus on the bulk wine market.

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French President Hollande opens Vinexpo 2015

Published:  15 June, 2015

French President François Hollande opened the 18th bi-annal Vinexpo 2015 yesterday.

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French media given green light to name-check wines in law change

Published:  12 June, 2015

France's controversial Evin law which bans alcohol advertising has been amended to allow the media to talk about wines in copy.

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Vinexpo opens with a new look expecting 48,000 visitors to attend

Published:  10 June, 2015

Vinexpo 2015 is set to begin this weekend in Bordeaux with a new look and is expecting to attract an estimated 48,000 visitors to the bi-annual show in France.

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Analysis: French brands are now adopting sophisticated day brand building plans

Published:  09 June, 2015

France is often seen as the most traditional of the world's wine regions but, as Erin Smith discovers, things are often far more modern than meets the eye.

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Bruno Paillard Champagne seeks clarity with pack revamp

Published:  09 June, 2015

Champagne house Bruno Paillard has redesigned the packaging for its range including putting its Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs into clear glass for the first time.

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Q&A: John Lodge of rock band The Moody Blues talks about his love of wine and his own label Krisemma

Published:  08 June, 2015

Musician John Lodge is best known as the bass player of rock band The Moody Blues, but the Birmingham native also has his own wine brand. He talks about how his love of wine started and where it has taken him.

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En primeur - a mixed bag and a missed opportunity, experts say

Published:  03 June, 2015

This year's en primeur campaign has been a mixed bag that failed to capitalise on the chance to reset the market, according to fine wine investment experts.

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HMRC bust seizes 68K litres of alcohol smuggled into the UK

Published:  22 May, 2015

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers in combination with Border Force and French Customs seized 68,000L and three lorries in the Port of Dover in an overnight operation earlier this week.

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Volume declines of Southern hemisphere harvest pushes up demand for bulk wines

Published:  14 May, 2015

Smaller harvest in the Southern hemisphere are set to boost demand for bulk wine, the latest report from Ciatti has said.

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Domaines Paul Mas expansion in the Herault

Published:  14 May, 2015

Languedoc producer Domaine Paul Mas has added a ninth vineyard to his estate, Domaine Silène des Peyrals in Hérault and is already eyeing up a tenth estate in Corbière..

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France still dominates IWC medal table, as it is awarded the most gongs

Published:  13 May, 2015

France took home the greatest number of International Wine Challenge 2015 awards, sweeping a total of 1,237 accolades, with 111 French wine producers winning gold medals.

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Sud de France Top 100 awards to be hosted at the LWF

Published:  13 May, 2015

Sud de France trophies and awards will be presented by the Top 100 chairman Tim Atkin MW on Monday at the London Wine Fair at the Sud De France stand P50/1.

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Portugal is the most underrated wine country, according to exclusive Harpers poll

Published:  13 May, 2015

Last month harpers.co.uk conducted an exclusive survey to find the most overrated and underrated wine producing regions in world and the results revealed that Portugal was the most underrated, while Bordeaux was voted the most overrated.

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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur: The verdict

Published:  12 May, 2015

There has been little incentive for consumers to buy Bordeaux en primeur in recent years. Can the chateaux turn that around? Our man on the ground, local winemaker Gavin Quinney, reviews the latest vintage:

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Sud de France Languedoc-Roussillon TOP 100

Published:  08 May, 2015

The Sud de France Languedoc-Roussillon Top 100 is an annual competition organised by the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc (CIVL) and Sud de France Développement to encourage producers to show their best wines without restrictive criteria such as pricing bands.

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Champagne Jacquart doubles marketing in UK to boost on-trade visibility

Published:  05 May, 2015

Champagne Jacquart had doubled its marketing spend in the UK as after launching a new marketing campaign targeting consumers in London.

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Richard Mark James: Goes on rosé journey through the Languedoc

Published:  05 May, 2015

You wouldn't be surprised to hear that most (over three-quarters) of what the Languedoc produces and sells is red wine.

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Washington State winery partners with French winemakers to launch transatlantic wine brand

Published:  29 April, 2015

A US winery has partnered with Rhône winemakers Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie to launch a new trans-Altantic wine range.

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French wine cooperative to offer employees shares

Published:  27 April, 2015

A French cooperative, Plaimont Producteurs is set to open up its business to allow employees to become shareholders, which it claims is a first for a wine cooperative.

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En primeur: "encouraging signs" from first chateaux to release prices

Published:  27 April, 2015

One of Chateau Lafite's subsidiary châteaux became the first to release prices for en primeur 2014 - and the signs are "encouraging", according to fine wine specialists.

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En primeur facing a 'phoney war' as chateaux hold back on prices

Published:  16 April, 2015

Prices for en primeur 2015 are widely anticipated to be released in the next two weeks - but châteaux owners seem to be wary of committing themselves, a leading fine wine investment expert has warned.

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Champagne house Bruno Paillard partners with Sushisamba

Published:  15 April, 2015
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Fine wines sales from Burgundy and Rhone see strong demand, e-merchant says

Published:  14 April, 2015

Online prices for fine wines from Burgundy and the Rhône rose in March, according to international fine wine e-merchant iDealWine - but Bordeaux prices have fallen by around 1.23%.

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UK remains largest export market for Côtes du Rhône wine

Published:  14 April, 2015

Côtes du Rhône figures for 2014 confirmed the UK remained the Rhône Valley's largest export market, accounting for 18% of its exports. 

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Artisan wine fair RAW announces new Berlin venue, as international visitor numbers grow

Published:  14 April, 2015

The artisan wine fair, RAW is launching a new fair in Berlin later this year, to cater for an increasingly international clientele.

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Burgundy negociants Badet Clement invest in new winery

Published:  13 April, 2015

Burgundy negociants Badet Clément is investing more than €6.5m in a new state of the art winery at Monze Cave, following its acquisition of the Monze Cave cooperative in January.

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Les Grands Chais de France acquires negociant in north of Burgundy

Published:  08 April, 2015

French wine producer Les Grands Chais de France has bought a negociant in the north of Burgundy to boost its presence in the area.

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Jean-Claude Mas adds new cremant to his portfolio

Published:  08 April, 2015

Domaines Paul Mas is extending its portfolio of sparkling French wines from the Languedoc.

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Newly redesigned Vinexpo 2015 sells out of exhibitor space

Published:  07 April, 2015

The newly redesigned space at Vinexpo has now been fully book and all 2,400 exhibitor stalls have sold.

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En primeur: great quality, but don't hold your breath on price

Published:  02 April, 2015

First impressions on this year's en primeur seem to be that the quality is there - but don't hold your breath about prices coming down.

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French winery fits mini cameras to bees to pioneer new viticiulture breakthrough

Published:  01 April, 2015
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Burgundy's Domaine Chanzy 'postpones' Seedrs crowdfunding campaign

Published:  01 April, 2015

Burgundy winery Domaine Chanzy has postponed its Seedrs crowdfunding campaign, which was aiming to

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France Under One Roof host over 40 importers and producers at today's tasting

Published:  25 March, 2015

France Under One Roof is hosting its 14th annual tasting today at the Lindley Hall, Royal Horticulture Halls in London.

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Dedicated Wines looks to kick back against range cuts with new Les Incroyables wine range

Published:  23 March, 2015

Dedicated Wines is kicking back against wine range cutbacks in the major multiples by launching a new wine range, Les Incroyables, that it hopes will bring genuine interest to consumers and offer something different at a time of new product stagnation.

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Bordeaux's last chance to transform "out of touch" en primeur system says Tim Atkin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Leading UK wine critic and Harpers columnist, Tim Atkin MW, has fired a warning shot across the bows of Bordeaux and warned its producers and chateaux that they need to listen to the international critricism of its en primeur system and make serious changes or risk looking "ridiculous" in the eyes of the wine world.

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Tim Atkin MW: Last chance for Bordeaux to get it right with 'out of touch' en primeur

Published:  06 March, 2015

There's a scene in This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner's 1984 spoof rockumentary about English heavy metal band Spinal Tap, that features a live performance of a song called "Stonehenge". Keen to add some extra theatre to the gig, the band commission a model of the prehistoic English monument, which descends from above as they play on stage. There's only one problem: the dimensions are all wrong. Instead of 18-foot replica stones, the band orders 18-inch ones by mistake.

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UK vs France: the differences in marketing regulation of alcoholic drinks

Published:  06 March, 2015

If we think drinks legislation is inhibitive in the UK we only need look across the Channel to cheer ourselves. We asked Dr Tom Farrell and Dr Benoît Lecat which system is more fit for purpose in the 21st century.

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Loire wine exports to the UK sees further growth

Published:  05 March, 2015
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Anivin announces its ambassador wines for 2015

Published:  03 March, 2015

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France Wines, has announced 112 'ambassador' wines for 2015.

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French vineyard attracts Seedrs highest number of crowdfunding investors

Published:  02 March, 2015

A French vineyard that launched a crowdfunding campaign has already attracted the record number of investors.

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Les Dauphins hopes to promote niche areas of the Rhône to mass wine consumers

Published:  02 March, 2015

 

French wine brand, Les Dauphins, hopes to expand consumer's knowledge of the Rhône by launching three new wines promoting three local villages in the Côtes du Rhône region - Puyméras, Visan and St Maurice.

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Inter-Rhône's Agnès Heller lives the rock n' roll dream with Skin Côntact

Published:  27 February, 2015

With little more than a week to go before Skin Côntact, the wine trade's first ever rock band, take to the stage at London's Vinopolis to help raise money for Comic Relief we turn to those resonsible for making it happen - the sponsors.

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Rhone wine brand Les Dauphins expands to US

Published:  19 February, 2015

Rhône wine brand Les Dauphins will launch in over 40 US states this spring, marking the opening of its 25th export market.

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Wine sales rocket 20% to €44m at Vente-Privee

Published:  16 February, 2015

Wine sales rocketed in 2014 at flash sales site Vente-Privée, which is celebrating a 20% increase in wine turnover to €44 million, as it ramps up its UK focus with the appointment of a new managing director. 

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French wine exports to the UK fall 10% by value in 2014

Published:  13 February, 2015

France's wine exports to the UK have fallen 10% by value in 2014, although British consumers still take in 12.2% of their neighbour's wines, making it the second biggest export market for France.

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French bag-in-box only retailer BiBoViNo seeks UK franchisees

Published:  10 February, 2015

French bag-in-box only wine retailer BiBoViNo is actively seeking UK franchisees to expand its 10-strong estate internationally.

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12 ways indies can work better with suppliers says Les Grands Chais de France

Published:  05 February, 2015

A growing list of major wine suppliers and producers are now seriously looking to work closer and more effectively with independent wine merchants. Here Tim North, UK director for Les Grands Chais de France, one of the largest French wine producers with estates in all the main wine growing regions, offers his advice to merchants on how to buy and then market and sell their wines. Les Grands Chais de France is one of the partner suppliers behind the March for the Independents campaign.

 

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Burgundy's Domaine Chanzy first company to use crowdfunding for IPO

Published:  02 February, 2015

Domaine Chanzy will be the first company in the world to use a crowdfunding platform to launch its initial public offering (IPO) on the AIM exchange.

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Top British importers and merchants unite to call for better prices from Bordeaux

Published:  23 January, 2015

Some of the biggest wine importers, distributors, brokers and retailers in the country, including Majestic, Berry Bros & Rudd and Farr Vintners, have written to Bordeaux producers to demand changes in pricing of wines being offered to the UK.

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Champagne celebrates return to growth as sales hit €4.5 billion

Published:  21 January, 2015

Champagne shipments grew 1% by volume in 2014, with sales expected to exceed 307 million bottles and hit €4.5 billion.

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Vinexpo 2015 set for radical revamp after producers felt 'cut off'

Published:  20 January, 2015

Exhibitors and visitors to this summer's Vinexpo in Bordeaux can expect to be "wowed" by a completely different type of trade show, which is looking to be more welcoming to producers from outside its Bordeaux heartland. 

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Geoffrey Dean on why Burgundy's Chateau de Santenay is a winery to watch

Published:  19 January, 2015
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Copestick Murray to distribute advertising mogul Sir John Hegarty's wines

Published:  19 January, 2015

Copestick Murray was inspired by Bartle Bogle Hegarty co-founder Sir John Hegarty's 'no holds barred' keynote speech at the WSTA conference last year to sign a distribution deal for his wines in the UK and Ireland.

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France needs to do better at selling itself hears French Wines Discovery tasting

Published:  14 January, 2015

France needs to better communicate its enviable attributes, according to a Harpers trade debate held at this week's French Wines Discoveries fair in London.

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Q&A: Pierre-Henry Gagey, president, Maison Louis Jadot

Published:  11 January, 2015

Pierre-Henry Gagey has been with Maison Louis Jadot since 1984 and became president in 1992, following in the footsteps of his father who had joined in 1954 to become its director in 1962. He talks to Anne Krebiehl MW about the prices of the 2013 en primeur campaign and the challenges facing Burgundy now

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Comité Champagne under attack for its "vindictive" legal dispute against Champagne Jayne

Published:  09 January, 2015

Guy Woodward, Harpers columnist and former Decanter editor, has attacked  the Comité Champagne today for its on-going legal battle against freelance broadcaster and educator, Jayne Powell, over the use of her "Champagne Jayne" monicker.

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Wine lover and collector Peter Dean is surprised by Bergerac's "treasure trove" of wines

Published:  08 January, 2015

 

 

My 'road to Damascus' moment with wine came 10 years ago when I was served an array of perfectly aged bottles, which were all drinking superbly, with food that matched. Although I had always had an interest, from this point on I started taking wine seriously as a subject: drinking and buying a lot of it with the requisite research, effort and hopefully some skill. I started a small wine club soon after and have written about fine wine for three years - continuing to love the sense of discovery that accompanies finding a new producer, an over-looked vintage or a region that you knew little about. Oh and I bloody love drinking the stuff.

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Corney & Barrow signs exclusive UK distribution deal for all Labruyère Family's wines

Published:  08 January, 2015

Corney & Barrow has extended its French wine offer with the news it is to represent the full Labruyère Family portfolio, which includes Domaine Jacques Prieur, Domaine Labruyère Moulin-à-Vent, exclusively in the UK.

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Foncalieu puts winemakers at the centre of its L'Atelier Prestige relaunch

Published:  08 January, 2015

Leading French wine co-operative, Les Vignobles Foncalieu, is relaunching its L'Atelier Prestige wine range with a new look and focus on the winemakers behind the concept.

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Anne-Catherine Vigouroux on what to expect at January's French Wine Discoveries tasting

Published:  17 December, 2014

Ahead of January's French Wine Discoveries tasting at London's Tobacco Dock Anne-Catherine Vigouroux  of organisers, WIne4Trade, explains what visitors can expect from the 120 exhibitors taking part at the event on January 13.

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Burgundy wines tries to buck falling UK sales with week-long event

Published:  17 December, 2014

The generic body behind Burgundy wines in the UK is launching a week long showcase of the region's wines in London in January 2015 as part of a bid to counteract its slump in sales.

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Liv-ex: Value of trades drops 19% in November 2014

Published:  10 December, 2014

According to the Liv-ex's most recent market report, "the value of trades in November was down 19% on this time last year" signalling the on-going challenge of Bordeaux's most iconic wines continually demanding the historical prices of just a few years ago.

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Downward slide in fine wine prices halts, says Wine Asset Managers

Published:  02 December, 2014

The downward slide in fine wine trading has halted with flat prices for the three months since July 2014, but a change in perception has made consumers once ready to cough up £14,000 for Lafite 2008 now reluctant to part with £5,000.

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Australia matches France's gold medal haul at first phase of IWC 2015

Published:  02 December, 2014

Australia is celebrating a major win at the first tranche of the International Wine Challenge 2015, taking home the same number of gold medals as France and netting 203 medals in total so far.

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Spanish wines fastest growing in UK bars and restaurants

Published:  01 December, 2014

Spanish wines are the fastest growing in the UK on-trade - listings are up 25% in the last year - at the expense of French wines, whose listings have fallen by 11%.

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Maison Sichel signs Amazon deal to boost off-trade sales

Published:  26 November, 2014

Maison Sichel has signed a deal with Amazon for five of its wines, with a special focus on flagship brand Sirius, in an effort to revitalise the brand after its UK off-trade distribution "ran out of steam".

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Autumn heat helps to secure a promising vintage for the Loire Valley

Published:  26 November, 2014

Following two tough years, the autumn heat is responsible for the success of this year's vintage for Loire Valley, according to Les Vins du Centre Loire, which released the region's vintage report this week.

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Krug releases three Grande Cuvées in special limited edition ID case

Published:  24 November, 2014

Fans of Krug Champagne can splash out this Christmas on a limited edition special gift box set that includes three bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée each with a different story behind the blend.

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UK wine trade slow to react to Millennials' sweet tooth, says Mintel

Published:  20 November, 2014

The 18 to 34 year-old age group is partial to sweeter wines, with 44% of wine buyers believing they're better quality than drier ones, but few UK brands have "attacked this space", says Mintel.

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Mintel's Jonny Forsyth: Evolving tastes among global wine drinkers

Published:  20 November, 2014

Wine tastes are evolving but is the industry agile enough to take advantage? Mintel's research clearly illustrates how different the coveted Millennials are to previous generations, global drinks analyst Jonny Forsyth told Wine Vision.

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France Summit video: what French producers and generics think of the UK market

Published:  20 November, 2014

Being able to highlight the steps they are taking to promote French wine in the UK as well as understand more the challenges of the British market were some of the key reasons producers and French generic and promotional bodies attended last month's Harpers France Summit.

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France Summit video: UK trade figures on how to get the most out of French wine

Published:  20 November, 2014

The chance to understand the France wine category better, hear the views of leading UK buyers, distributors and retailers and meet like-minded people in the trade were some of the key reasons given by visitors  who attended last month's Harpers France Summit.

 

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Beaujolais gains popularity with Millennials

Published:  20 November, 2014

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is here - and this year the festivities are shaking off their fusty image and attracting younger drinkers.

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Isabelle Pangault, Foncalieu' s new winemaker, on opportunities for Languedoc-Rousssillon

Published:  18 November, 2014

Geoffrey Dean talks to Isabelle Pangault, winemaker and brand ambassador for Foncalieu, the leading Languedoc-Roussillon co-operative:

 

 

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Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse set for last Hospice de Beaune before handing over to first female manager

Published:  14 November, 2014

Burgundy winemaker, Roland Masse, will see his last vintage put up for auction at this weekend's Hospice de Beaune before he passes on the responsibility to Ludivine Griveau, the first woman to look after the domain in its history.

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Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse reflects on his last year as manager of Hospice de Beaune

Published:  14 November, 2014

The winemaker and manager of Domaine des Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, Roland Masse, 61, will complete his 15th and final vintage for the annual Hospices de Beaune auction this coming Sunday. Here he reflects on his career before handing over responsiblity to Ludivine Griveau who will become the first woman to manage the domain from January.

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Top wine brands choose Vente Privee as new route to market

Published:  13 November, 2014

Top name wine producers are using flash sales site Vente Privée to attract new consumers to their brands in the UK.

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Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty on what it is really like to be a winemaker

Published:  11 November, 2014

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering his high standing in the world of advertising, and the vociferous views on wine marketing which he expressed in last month's Harper's, Sir John Hegarty intends his 37 acre vineyard, located amid woodland and spontaneously sprouting herbs by Minervois' Montaigne Noire, to be a brave venture.

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Bordeaux's fine wine market ripe for recovery, says Liv-ex chief

Published:  11 November, 2014

Four years of falling prices have brought the Bordeaux market to its "lowest ebb since the early 1970s", meaning now is a good time to enter the market.

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Bordeaux Buyers Roundtable: What leading on and off-trade players are looking for from Bordeaux

Published:  11 November, 2014

In light of its new global advertising campaign, launched last month, which looks to reposition Bordeaux as a region producing wines for all tastes and occasions, several leading buyers and consultants come together to truly assess Bordeaux's position in the UK trade.

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Les Dauphins looks to raise money for BBC Children in Need

Published:  10 November, 2014

Les Dauphins, the French wine brand, is linking up with the BBC Good Food Show to help raise money for the BBC Children in Need appeal at this weekend's event.

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France Summit Debate: UK trade leaders on how to get the most out of France

Published:  10 November, 2014

Harpers.co.uk talks with leaders of the trade at France Summit 2014 to see how France is working for them and how they are making the most of their French wine offerings.

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French wine should be more ambitious in UK

Published:  07 November, 2014

French wine needs to be a "bit more ambitious" in the UK, according to a host of leading figures at last month's France Summit.

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France Summit Report: How France is performing globally and online

Published:  07 November, 2014

Tim Wilson of the Wilson Drinks Report, Anne Burchett of Sopexa and Jon Rebuck of Winesdirect offer their insights and views on the latest trends surrounding French wines in the on and off-trades at France Summit 2014.

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Gerard Basset, Hal Wilson and Kathrine Larsen lead France Summit masterclasses

Published:  07 November, 2014

Hal Wilson co-owner of Cambridge Wine Merchants, Gerard Basset and UK Sommelier of the year 2014 Kathrine Larsen led masterclasses at last month's Harpers France Summit that looked at trends and what sort of wines were appropriate for the independent wine merchant and premium on-trade sectors. 

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France Summit Report: Are French producers adapting to the UK consumer?

Published:  07 November, 2014

How well is the French wine industry adapting to suit the needs of the UK trade and consumer? That was the question posed to some of the UK's leading French importers, on-trade operators and producers themselves at Harpers' second annual France Summit.

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Naked Wines' angels recruit top Champagne maker JP Moulin

Published:  04 November, 2014

Naked Wines' angels have raised £500,000 to allow Jean Phillippe Moulin, former Ruinart, Mumm and Baron de Rothschild winemaker, to launch his own Champagne line.

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Armagnac Academies expands to China

Published:  29 October, 2014

French brandy Armagnac is setting its sights on China with the launch of its Armagnac Acadamies there later this month. 

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OIV confirms France as world's top wine producing country

Published:  27 October, 2014

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine has confirmed France is once again the world's biggest wine producing country, knocking Italy out of the top spot.

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Burgundy's School of Wine & Spirits Business enrolment rises 30%

Published:  27 October, 2014

Burgundy School of Business's recently launched School of Wine & Spirits Business (SWBS) saw the number of students rise by 30% to nearly 140 students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Chief of the Week: Anne Burchett, managing director, Sopexa UK

Published:  24 October, 2014

As we have put such a focus on French wines this week with the France Summit it is only fitting that our Chief of the Week is none other than Anne Burchett, managing director of Sopexa UK, who won the Harpers Special Achievement Award at our French Wine Awards.

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Master sommeliers Gerard Basset and Kathrine Larsen flag French wine potential in on-trade

Published:  23 October, 2014

Top sommeliers Gerard Basset and Kathrine Larsen say the on-trade needs to trust staff, not be afraid to have a French wine as the house offering, and tell compelling stories in order to boost sales in the category. 

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Vin de France has driven 'important growth' for French wine

Published:  22 October, 2014

The creation of the Vin de France category has driven "important growth" in French wine exports as well as acceptance among younger consumers, Harpers France Summit heard.

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Harpers French Wine Awards celebrate champions in the UK trade

Published:  22 October, 2014

The second annual Harpers French wine awards were held at the conclusion of yesterday's France Summit 2014 in London and recognised those people and business which are championing French wines in the UK trade.

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France's "biggest opportunity" in wine is online, say experts

Published:  21 October, 2014

France is in "pole position" in the online wine market - which represents the country's biggest opportunity going forward.

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Leading lights of UK wine trade gather for today's Harpers France Summit

Published:  21 October, 2014

Leading figures from all channels of the wine trade will be today taking part in the second Harpers France Summit to look at ways in which retailers, restaurants, distributors and importers can make the most of French wine in the UK.

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Bordeaux to launch first global marketing campaign to address falling sales

Published:  16 October, 2014

The Conseil Interprofessionel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) is launching its first global marketing campaign to help counter falls in sales by both volume and value. Its seven priority markets - China, USA, UK, Japan, Germany,  Belgium and France - will soon be flooded with new atmospheric images drawn up by leading British advertising agency, Isobel.

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Bulk wine market sluggish as 2014 harvest ends, says Ciatti

Published:  14 October, 2014

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close, the bulk wine market remains sluggish, with plentiful stocks available in most markets, says the latest report from Ciatti. 

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Tim North, Les Grands Chais de France: why the country is a treasure trove for wine

Published:  06 October, 2014

Tim North, UK manager for Les Grands Chais de France, on how he believes France can show the rest of the world it can still excite and surprise consumers with its amazing diversity of wines

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Analysis: how effective has the Crus Bourgeois classification been?

Published:  06 October, 2014

Last week the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois arrived in London for the fifth annual review of the wines deemed worthy to use the Cru Bourgeois seal of approval. Five years into the new incarnation of the classification Heather Dougherty reviews its successes and challenges - and looks at its prospects for the future.

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Pays d'Oc IGP names Fiona Taylor UK ambassador for 2014

Published:  03 October, 2014

Christopher Piper Wines' Fiona Taylor has been named Pays d'Oc IGP ambassador of the year for the UK market.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 October, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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UK wine buyers warn Burgundy will struggle to regain market share as exports plummet

Published:  01 October, 2014

Top UK wine buyers warn Burgundy will struggle to regain shelf space as figures reveal exports to the UK have halved in 2014, following last year's short harvest. 

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  26 September, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Shortlist for Harpers French Wine Awards announced

Published:  26 September, 2014

The shortlist for the 2014 Harpers French Wine Awards are released today with the likes of Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, The Sampler, Daniel Lambert, Tim Atkin MW and Gerrard Basset MW MS fighting it out for the main awards.

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Northcote retains title of Sud de France Sommelier of the Year

Published:  26 September, 2014

Tamus Czinki, head sommelier of Michelin-starred restaurant, Northcote near Blackburn, Lancashire, has been named Sud de France Sommelier of the Year for 2014.

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Today's SITT London tasting offers masterclasses on Italy and the Rhône

Published:  24 September, 2014
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Wine importer Red Squirrel sees wholesale business grow fivefold in three months

Published:  24 September, 2014

Chiswick wine importer Red Squirrel Wine has seen its wholesale business take off after it beefed up its portfolio and revamped its logo and website.

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French bulk market 'tense' in face of Languedoc shortages

Published:  23 September, 2014

The French bulk wine market is starting to look "very tense", according to one top broker, following major shortages in the Languedoc region.

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Cru Bourgeois selects 267 chateaux from 2012 vintage

Published:  23 September, 2014

The Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has chosen 267 chateaux to represent the region's best wines from the 2012 vintage - bringing numbers to their highest level in the five years since the selection was relaunched.

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After two difficult harvests, Loire Valley is optimistic as 2014 vintage starts

Published:  18 September, 2014

Despite a cool August, September's warm weather could not come at a better time for producers in the Loire Valley, where there is a feeling of optimism and relief as the harvest gets underway. 

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Team Cox complete Médoc Marathon and raise £16k for drinks charities

Published:  18 September, 2014

 

 

The combined efforts of the 12-strong trade team that took part in last weekend's Médoc Marathon in Pauillac , Bordeaux has helped raise £16,000 for the Benevolent drinks charity and Vintners' Foundation.

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French harvest looking good, say estate owners

Published:  17 September, 2014

French winemakers are optimistic about the current harvest, especially given the current spell of good weather is making for perfect harvesting conditions.

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Francoise Peretti of the UK's Champagne Bureau on the region's 2014 harvest

Published:  17 September, 2014

Peretti tells Harpers.co.uk this year's Champagne harvest is "textbook" so far, with high quality grapes that could lead to a vintage year.

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Baking hot September boosts prospects for Bordeaux 2014 harvest

Published:  17 September, 2014

September's "baking hot" weather in Bordeaux has "greatly improved" the prospects for this year's harvest, with chateau owners comparing it to 2008.

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Buyers should act quickly to secure Languedoc wine from 2014 harvest

Published:  16 September, 2014

Wine buyers looking to secure wine from the Languedoc this year are urged to act quickly following predictions the yield could be down as much as 40% on last year, according to the grape broking business, Ciatti Group.

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Last chance to vote in Harpers French Wine Awards

Published:  15 September, 2014

There is still time to vote and nominate the outstanding people and companies in the UK wine trade you think are doing the most to represent, promote and sell French wine as part of Harpers French Wine Awards.

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Les Grands Chais de France moves into Costières de Nimes

Published:  11 September, 2014

Les Grands Chais de France has acquired Château de la Tuilerie in the Costières de Nimes region for an undisclosed sum. 

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Dedicated Wines and Murphy Wine to share business insights at France Summit

Published:  10 September, 2014

Richard Evans of Dedicated Wines, the UK wine agency that helped devise the Les Dauphins wine brand, and Daniel Murphy of bulk wine brokers, Murphy Wine Company, will both share their experiences of French wine at this October's Harpers France Summit.

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Tim Atkin reflects on the star quality of the life of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

Published:  05 September, 2014

As you'd expect of a former actress, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild liked an audience. When Château Mouton-Rothschild hosted the Fête de la Fleur celebration at Vinexpo in June 2003, after guests had enjoyed liberal quantities of the legendary 1982 she took to the stage to thank the room. She had, she announced, invited a good friend along to sing to us. To the sound of the opening bars of the drinking song from Verdi's La Traviata, a black curtain opened behind her to reveal none other than Placido Domingo. Most people would be upstaged by a world famous opera singer, but Philippine had star quality of her own.

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Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  05 September, 2014

 

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers' publishers, William Reed Business Media.

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UK's top French wine experts lined up for October's France Summit

Published:  05 September, 2014

A line up of top speakers from across the UK wine trade, including Master Sommeliers, multiple buyers, restaurateurs and leading independents will all be taking part in the second Harpers France Summit taking place on October 21 at London's St Ermin's Hotel.

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Vinexpo strengthens management team ahead of 2015 Bordeaux show

Published:  04 September, 2014

Vinexpo has strengthened its management team ahead of next year's exhibition in Bordeaux with two new directors joining the team.

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D&D restaurant group to hold month long "Bordeauxlicous" promotion

Published:  02 September, 2014

Bordeauxlicious is a new month long promotional campaign being launched by the London restaurant group, D&D, alongside Bordeaux Wines, to help promote the region's wines across all its outlets in September and October.

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Wine trade identifies major opportunities for 2014

Published:  29 August, 2014

The relaunch of the 3 for £10 mechanic; a major crisis in the Spanish bulk wine industry and the growing prominence of fruit-flavoured wines were all chosen as major stories of the year to date by some of the wine trade's top names.

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Back to School: Brand Phoenix's Greg Wilkins

Published:  28 August, 2014

As summer draws to a close, we asked some key figures in the trade to round up events in the wine trade for the year to date, and outline their company's plans for the rest of the year. Greg Wilkins, managing director of Brand Phoenix reckons Chinese austerity has had a major impact on the wine trade, and picks fruit-flavoured wines as the next big thing.

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Les Grands Chais de France launches single serve French wine brand to UK

Published:  27 August, 2014

Les Grands Chais de France has launched its Les Vignerons brand in single serve PET glasses in the UK market.

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Grande Dame of wine trade Baroness Philippine de Rothschild dies

Published:  26 August, 2014

Leading light of the global wine trade Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, head of the Rothschild family dynasty, has died aged 80.

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Justin Howard-Sneyd starts wine club for Domaine of the Bee estate

Published:  20 August, 2014

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is following in the footsteps of boss Tony Laithwaite by starting a wine club for sales from his Languedoc estate Domaine of the Bee.

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Bordeaux's 2014 wine harvest to be up 50% on last year

Published:  18 August, 2014

Bordeaux's upcoming wine grape harvest should see a return to normal for the region, with forecasts placing it as coming in at 5.6 million hectolitres. 

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Bordeaux ramps up focus on younger consumers with white wines

Published:  13 August, 2014

The president of a Bordeaux wine body wants to open up younger UK wine consumers to the region's white wines.

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Lidl's £12m France promotion sets tone for wine department

Published:  12 August, 2014

Lidl's upcoming £12 million Bordeaux-focused wine promotion is to set the tone for the retailer's future wine strategy.

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Independents to compete in the Sud de France Retailer of the Year merchants programme

Published:  06 August, 2014

 

If you are an independent wine merchant and sell a lot of wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon - or would like to sell more - then Sud de France and Harpers is giving you the chance to take part in a special sales promotion this autumn.

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Your chance to vote in Harpers France Wine Awards and take part in France Summit

Published:  06 August, 2014

Harpers is once again looking to reward the very best retailers, restaurants, distributors and individuals that are leading the way in selling and promoting French wine in the UK in our second Harpers France Awards.

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Jean-Claude Mas on how he has helped build a global French wine brand

Published:  04 August, 2014
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Katie Jones recovers from last year's destroyed vintage to release new 2013 wine

Published:  24 July, 2014

Katie Jones, the English winemaker based in the Languedoc in France, who saw last year's vintage destroyed by vandals, has successfully released her new 2013 wine which is now available in the UK.

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Anna Thorburn of Domaine l'Ancienne Ecole on leaving law to make wine in the Côtes du Rhône

Published:  22 July, 2014

Anna Thorburn talks with harpers.co.uk about embarking on every winelover's dream- chucking it all to move to France and starting a winery.  She imparts her experience and the lessons learned about the joys and hard work it takes to make such a dream a reality.

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Memories of red thongs and "Semillons" inspire Andrew Shaw to join Team Cox

Published:  22 July, 2014

Andrew Shaw, head of buying at Bibendum Wine, is the latest wine industry stalwart to sign up to take part in the upcoming Médoc Marathon in Bordeaux to help raise money in memory of Michael Cox, the former UK head of Wines of Chile.

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Five wines awarded Champion status at the IWC 2014 awards

Published:  17 July, 2014

France, Germany, Australia, and Portugal shared the honours last night as the overall Champion Wines were announced at the 31st annual International Wine Challenge awards ceremony in London. 

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French dominate Winemakers of the Year at the IWC 2014

Published:  17 July, 2014

France dominated the overall winemaker awards at last night's International Wine Challenge dinner picking up three of the main five prizes handed out.

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Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe on why Cru Bourgeois is a wine brand in its own right

Published:  11 July, 2014

The French Appellation Contrôlée system is famously based on guaranteeing the geographical origin of a wine, rather than focusing on the quality of what is actually in the bottle - something that causes a headache for those who are trying to sell French wine and the consumers who wonder what the difference is between a bottle of Bordeaux at £4 and one at £24.

Six years ago, the châteaux who were members of the then rather moribund Cru Bourgeois classification decided to break with tradition and let their wines stand or fall on the basis of an objective measure of the wines' quality.

Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe was in London recently to help spread the word about the Bordeaux classification that is unlike any other. With her background working for Tom Ford at Gucci, she knows a thing or two about building and protecting a brand.

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?Roussillon's Maison Cazes buys vineyard in Maury

Published:  09 July, 2014

Maison Cazes, the Rivesaltes-based producer, has expanded its Roussillon holdings by buying a new vineyard in Maury.

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France Summit to focus on how the country is adapting to UK consumer needs

Published:  04 July, 2014

Harpers will once again be turning the spotlight well and truly on the ins and outs, ups and downs of the French wine category as the French Summit returns for its second year on October 21 at London's St Ermin's Hotel.

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Guy Woodward lambasts old school wine world for being stuck in its ivory tower

Published:  04 July, 2014

Former Decanter editor, Guy Woodward, uses his first regular Harpers column today to lambast the old school wine world for being out of touch with how consumers now want to talk about wine.

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'Team Cox' to run Médoc Marathon in memory of Michael Cox

Published:  03 July, 2014

Leading members of the wine trade are to come together as "Team Cox" to run the Médoc Marathon in memory of Michael Cox, the former UK head of Wines of Chile, who died earlier this year.

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Bulk Pinot Grigio stocks tighten, says Murphy Wine Company

Published:  03 July, 2014
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Tour de France celebrates with Champagne de Castelnau

Published:  02 July, 2014

As parts of the UK brace themselves for the start of the gruelling Tour de France cycle race that starts in Yorkshire on July 5, Champagne de Castelnau has introduced this very appropriate limited edition Champagne.

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Bordeaux-based wine and technology accelerator attracts investors

Published:  02 July, 2014
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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  27 June, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Provence's Ventoux is 'about more than entry-level co-op table wines', says winemaker

Published:  26 June, 2014

Provence's Ventoux region has more to offer than entry-level co-operative grown table wines, and quality rivals its Côtes du Rhône neighbours, claims a winemaker from the region.

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Will Oatley of Louis Latour Agencies on poor harvests and on-trade trends

Published:  26 June, 2014

Will Oatley, managing director of Louis Latour Agencies, talks the on-trade, poor Burgundy harvests and  putting the spotlight on Champagne.

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Burgundy needs two strong harvests to ease stocks and prices

Published:  25 June, 2014

Burgundy needs two strong harvests to get stocks back on track and stabilise prices, says Will Oatley, managing director of Louis Latour Agencies.

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French winemakers worry .wine domain names will confuse consumers

Published:  24 June, 2014
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Isabelle Legeron MW publishes comprehensive guide to natural wine

Published:  23 June, 2014

Isabelle Legeron MW has produced a comprehensive guide to natural wine bringing together not only a detailed examination of what natural wine is, but a country by country, producer by producer guide to the wines and styles that newcomers and enthusiasts should be looking to drink.

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Mouton Cadet to launch a limited edition Ryder Cup Bordeaux with Harrods

Published:  20 June, 2014

Mouton Cadet, in an ongoing effort to raise its profile amongst UK consumers, is releasing an exclusive Ryder Cup edition as part of its sponsorship as the the official wine of the golf tournament.

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Wines over £5 account for almost half of supermarket sales

Published:  19 June, 2014
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UK imports of Loire wines have jumped by one third

Published:  18 June, 2014

Exports of Loire wine to the UK have grown by one third in the first four months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to figures from InterLoire

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  13 June, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week (and a bit of last week due to the long weekend) on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Laroche winemaker Grégory Viennois on a new dawn for Chablis, the difficult 2013 vintage and price changes

Published:  13 June, 2014

Grégory Viennois, the outspoken winemaker and technical director at Domaine Laroche (owned by the Advini group), was in London to present the 2012 vintage of his Chablis premiers and grands crus and hold a master class on the different crus on the right and left bank of the Serein river. Anne Krebiehl caught up with him afterwards: he sees the dawn of a new era for Chablis, reflects on the difficult 2013 vintage and price developments.

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Bordeaux producers philosophical following 'catastrophic' hail storm

Published:  12 June, 2014

Bordeaux's wine producers remain philosophical in the face of destructive hail storms, despite some having up to 85% of grapes destroyed.

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Bordeaux's wine cultural centre will drive wine tourism internationally

Published:  12 June, 2014
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Sir Alex Ferguson has mixed success in Christie's fine wine auction

Published:  09 June, 2014

Sir Alex Ferguson bought well when he was at Manchester United and enjoyed some exceptional years in charge. But now after retiring from the club he is enjoying off-loading some of his myriad responsibilities.

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Alliance Wine opens London office to grow on-trade sales

Published:  09 June, 2014

Alliance Wine is opening an office in London to boost its sales into the capital's on-trade and south east market.

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Champagne industry must face up to negative impact of global warming

Published:  09 June, 2014

One of the biggest challenges facing the Champagne industry is how to manage the negative effects of global warming, according to Krug's senior viticulturist, Romain Le Guillou.

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  07 June, 2014
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Nicolas Feuillatte joins in the Gumball Rally's celebrations in London

Published:  07 June, 2014

London's Regent Street is set to be closed on Sunday, June 8 to make way for 120 Super Cars competing in the Gumball 3000 rally which sees motoring enthusiasts cross 3,000 miles across the United States and Europe between June 5-11. Nicolas Feuillatte is not only the official Champagne for the race, but has two branded cars competing in the rally.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  06 June, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week (and a bit of last week due to the long weekend) on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Idea of buying Bordeaux en primeur now is 'null and void', says Farr Vintners

Published:  03 June, 2014

Wine investors who bought one case of each of Bordeaux's first growth chateaux for the five years from 2009 would have lost £35,000 if they sold last Friday, said the Wall Street Journal's Will Lyons.

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Les Grands Chais looks to UK growth through focus on quality

Published:  02 June, 2014

Considering Les Grands Chais de France is responsible for 20% of French wine exports to the UK it remains largely under the radar in the UK wine trade. Harpers.co.uk caught up with Tim North, head of its UK division, to find out about its export strategy and plans to grow distribution across all channels.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  30 May, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week (and a bit of last week due to the long weekend) on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Own-label Champagne sales lose their fizz says Lanson research

Published:  30 May, 2014

Retailer and own-label Champagne brands have plummeted 16% by value according to the latest category report from Champagne house Lanson.

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Buckingham Schenk adds Saint Emilion's Malet Roquefort to portfolio

Published:  29 May, 2014
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Bulk wine prices rocked by Chilean frosts, Californian droughts and a taste for French fruity wines

Published:  28 May, 2014

Frosts in Chile, droughts in California and the Languedoc and the boom in fruit-flavoured wines in France is having a knock-on effect on bulk wine prices, according to the latest data from Murphy Wine Company.

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Bulk wine prices tighten for key Chilean varieties, says Murphy Wine Company

Published:  28 May, 2014

Keep on top of the latest bulk wine prices with the latest spreadsheet to the end of May 2014, from bulk wine brokers, Murphy Wine Company.

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Mouton Cadet hopes to build brand awareness through international sponsorships

Published:  27 May, 2014

Mouton Cadet is building brand awareness through several high profile sponsorships this summer, including the Cannes Film Festival, BMW PGA Championship Tour and the Ryder Cup in order to gain market share in the UK on and off trade.

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Cloudy Bay's David Hohnen links up with Off Piste Wines to produce Bordeaux wine

Published:  19 May, 2014

 

Cloudy Bay founder and Australian winemaker, David Hohnen, has linked up with UK distributor, Off Piste Wines, to make their own exclusive wines in France.

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Formula One drivers can now celebrate with limited edition Champagne GH Mumm

Published:  16 May, 2014

As Formula One drivers spend so much time throwing around quality Champagne, official sponsors, Champagne GH Mumm, has produced a special limited edition bottle unique for Formula One.

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Ubifrance looks to find UK distribution for nearly 30 wineries at London tasting

Published:  15 May, 2014

Nearly 30 independent French wineries looking for distribution in the UK will be showing their wines to the trade on May 22 as part of the latest tasting organised by Ubifrance and the French Trade Commission.

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Tech-focused wine entrepreneurs could win start-up help

Published:  15 May, 2014

Tech-focused entrepreneurs with a foot in the wine world could win start-up funds, a trip to Bordeaux, and expert advice after pitching ideas to new club 33Entrepreneurs next month.

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OIV reports USA is biggest wine market by volume in the world

Published:  14 May, 2014

The International Wine and Vine Organisation (OIV) says that despite overall wine consumption dropping slightly in 2013 to 238.7 millions of hectolitres, the US overtook France last year and became the biggest wine consuming country by volume in the world.

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Burgundy way out in front as France picks up 28 IWC 2014 trophies

Published:  14 May, 2014

Wine producers across Burgundy have been awarded 17 out of the 28 trophies awarded across France in the International Wine Challenge 2014.

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France still best performing wine in on-trade

Published:  13 May, 2014

On-trade wine sales fell by 2% during 2013, and stayed flat in the first quarter, according to figures compiled by CGA for the WSTA market report. In the long-term, France still remains best-performing country for wine in the on-trade. It has grown 10% in the 12 months to January 25, 2014 and now holds a 27% share of total wine sales.

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Next Bordeaux Vinexpo set for June 14-18 2015

Published:  12 May, 2014

The next French Vinexpo exhibition will be held in Bordeaux, from June 14 to 18, 2015.

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France tops medal chart at the International Wine Challenge 2014

Published:  07 May, 2014

France has topped the medal chart at the International Wine Challenge for the 31st year running, taking 1987 medals, including 113 golds.

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Spring 2014: bulk wine prices

Published:  07 May, 2014
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Top 10 En Primeur wines by Bordeaux winemaker Gavin Quinney

Published:  07 May, 2014

The Influential Bordeaux winemaker, Gavin Quinney, owner of Château Bauduc in Bordeaux, has picked out his Top 10 picks from this year's en primeur campaign that he thinks show the best value and quality for the trade to invest in. It is part of his wider analysis of the overall en primeur campaign for Harpers.co.uk which includes his comprehensive scores of all the main wines from the leading chateaux. 

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En Primeur 2013 final verdict is "better than expected"

Published:  06 May, 2014

Gavin Quinney, owner and winemaker of Château Bauduc in Bordeaux, gives his definitive verdict on the 2013 en primeur campaign with his own detailed analysis of all the main Bordeaux chateaux wines, including his recommendations of what to buy now, what to age and what to avoid.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  02 May, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week (and a bit of last week due to the long weekend) on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Michel Rolland on life as an international wine consultant

Published:  01 May, 2014

Internationally acclaimed winemaker and consultant, Michel Rolland, talks to James Lawrence how he manages to juggle working for 200 wineries around the world, including Chateau Figeac in St Emilion, which he is trying to turn in to a Grand Cru Classe A property.

 

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Michel Rolland defends his ability to manage wines on up to 200 wineries around the world

Published:  01 May, 2014

Michel Rolland has defended his role as an international wine consultant capable of managing the quality of wine on up to 200 wine estates around the world.

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Bordeaux negociants discount badly-priced 2013 wines

Published:  28 April, 2014

Buyers are showing a continued lack of confidence in Bordeaux's 2013 en primeur campaign while badly priced wines are being discounted, said Bordeaux negociants Monday. 

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Bulk wine driven by price not green issues

Published:  24 April, 2014

Wine buyers who justify bulk shipping by citing the green argument are simply 'ticking boxes' when price is driving sales, say industry experts.

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Douglas Blyde unleashes his senses on José Sanfins' wines at London's Clos Maggiore

Published:  22 April, 2014

According to research recently published in journal, "Science", the average human is equipped to differentiate some one trillion odours (999,999,990,000 more than previously thought). Buoyed by these findings, I was keen to apply my apparently amazing snout to the finery at Clos Maggiore's wine club. Tonight's instalment was hosted by Matt Thomas. Formerly a store manager at Majestic Wines, Thomas joined Hallgarten Druitt, as account development manager six months ago. Despite Clos Maggiore's Covent Garden location, Thomas's territory, work-wise and residentially is Dalston where he secured accounts, White Rabbit and Jones & Son, which he highly recommends are worth a visit

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Rémy Cointreau warns profits may slump by 40%

Published:  17 April, 2014

Rémy Cointreau has warned that full year profits may plummet by 35 to 40%, thanks to a fall in Chinese sales.

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Grower champagnes are riding a wave, says Anne Krebiehl

Published:  17 April, 2014

Growers' Champagnes are riding a wave: while Bordelais tasting rooms remained sluggish and empty during this year's en primeur campaign, Champagne had no trouble attracting visitors, says Anne Krebiehl.

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'We cannot be the chateaux' bank forever', says Bordeaux negociant

Published:  16 April, 2014

"We cannot be the bank of the chateaux forever", leading Bordeaux negociant house Ginestet has said as the 2013 en primeur campaign struggles on. 

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Champagne exports to UK plummet by 5.1%

Published:  14 April, 2014

The UK remains Champagne's biggest export market, despite imports falling to €447.2 million last year, a decline of 5.1% by volume and 3.8% by value.

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'No compelling reason to buy' Bordeaux 2013, say merchants

Published:  10 April, 2014

Merchants have so far sold very little, if any, Bordeaux 2013 wines, as collectors lack any compelling reason to buy.

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Liv-ex survey finds 'significantly less demand' for Bordeaux 2013 wines

Published:  10 April, 2014

The annual Liv-ex en primeur survey found that 78% of merchants expect "significantly less demand" - down by at least a fifth - for 2013 wines compared to their 2012 counterparts.

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Bordeaux 2013: the Left Bank

Published:  09 April, 2014

Panos Kakaviatos tasted his way around Bordeaux's top chateaux last week, finding out how winemakers had fared in the troubled 2013 vintage. In part two of a three-part series, he describes how the red wines are "scaled down versions of better vintages".

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Bordeaux 2013: Choose whites over reds

Published:  08 April, 2014

Panos Kakaviatos tasted his way around Bordeaux's top chateaux last week, finding out how winemakers had fared in the troubled 2013 vintage. In part one of a three-part series, he describes why his money is on the white wines.

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Bordeaux negociants say demand for 2013 wine is 'dead'

Published:  07 April, 2014

Wholesale wine merchants in Bordeaux were underwhelmed by a rapid burst of 2013 en primeur price releases Monday morning, describing current demand as "dead."

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UK trade still finds Bordeaux 2013 wines to buy

Published:  07 April, 2014

After much criticism ahead of the 2013 en primeur tastings, it seems that many UK merchants have been undeterred by negative press and plan to buy and sell this year's wines.

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Entire Bordeaux 2013 production will be drunk within 10 years, says UGCB president

Published:  07 April, 2014

The head of the body which represents Bordeaux's top chateaux has predicted that 2013 wines will have been consumed within 10 years, but merchants are less sure.

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Tim Atkin MW: Why en primeur is not working

Published:  04 April, 2014

Tim Atkin MW on why the en primeur system needs urgent reform to not only regain the trust of critics and the trade alike but most importantly keep it relevant and credible to future investors. 

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Senior wine critics call for en primeur "sham" to be overhauled

Published:  04 April, 2014

Two of wine's most-respected wine critics have called for urgent reform of Bordeaux's en primeur system, describing it, in turn, as a "con" a "sham" and a system that the trade and investors have "lost faith in".

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Gareth Morgan discusses the drawbacks of older vintages being absent in wine classes

Published:  03 April, 2014

Gareth Morgan, a wine educator, is concerned over the obvious absence of older vintages in wine classes for the public.

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Stevens Garnier to add major brand every six months

Published:  03 April, 2014

Stevens Garnier is on the look-out for major old world brands, and plans to boost its portfolio by adding one every six months.

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En primeur: Château Gazin's €1 drop 'insufficient'

Published:  03 April, 2014

Bordeaux's Château Gazin released its en primeur price early Thursday, at €38 per bottle from the estate to wholesale merchants, a drop of €1 on the 2012 vintage. 

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Bordeaux wine sales to UK grow 14% in 2013

Published:  02 April, 2014

Bordeaux wines have grown 14.2% by volume and 18.6% by value in the last year, according to figures collated by market research firm IRI.

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En primeur: rapid campaign to unfold, but no demand

Published:  02 April, 2014

Following the surprising early release price of Pontet-Canet last week at €60-a-bottle - the same as 2012 - sources in Bordeaux say that the campaign will be very short, with many wines releasing prices by next week.

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Les Dauphins becomes a million bottle brand in the UK and around the world

Published:  01 April, 2014

Les Dauphins, the Rhone brand from Cellier des Dauphins, is now selling over a million bottles in the UK and a million bottles around the world as it continues to expand in to new countries.

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Bordeaux university brutally honest over poor 2013 vintage

Published:  01 April, 2014

Bordeaux's 2013 vintage fails to meet any of the requirements for a fine red wine vintage, said Bordeaux University's Vine and Wine Science Institute in a brutally honest press release.

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En primeur: will winemakers have 'pulled rabbit from hat'?

Published:  01 April, 2014

En primeur week is underway, with critics and buyers heading to Bordeaux to work out whether winemakers have managed to make "good wine in a difficult year".

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French bulk wine availability strictly limited

Published:  31 March, 2014

There is good availability of bulk wines and prices available from the majority of countries, except for France, where the combination of late and light harvests have pushed prices skyward.

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French bulk wine prices jump by up to 65%

Published:  31 March, 2014

French bulk wine prices have jumped by up to 65% in the past three years, with white wines the most affected.

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Katie Jones of Domaine Jones on the adventure of making her own wines in the Languedoc

Published:  28 March, 2014

Katie Jones, owner of Domaine Jones, tells Heather Dougherty about her journey from Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Fitou in Languedoc and from marketing other people's wines to making her own.

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Pomerol's La Conseillante buys new plot

Published:  27 March, 2014

Pomerol's Château La Conseillante, owned for the past 140 years by the Nicolas family, has acquired an additional 3,000m² plot in the area.

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Les Grands Chais de France to launch wine based and sparkling wine over ice brands to the UK

Published:  26 March, 2014

French wine giant, Les Grands Chais de France, is looking to release a number of wine-based drinks, including a Merlot mixed with cola, as it looks to capitalise on the growing interest in fruit based and innovative sparkling wine products both in France and overseas.

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Pontet-Canet's early high price could make it 'un-saleable'

Published:  26 March, 2014

In an unprecedented move Bordeaux wine producer Château Pontet-Canet broke ranks on Wednesday by releasing its trade price, of €60 per bottle for the 2013 vintage, ahead of  next week's official tastings.

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Les Grand Chais de France backs independents by signing up to Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  21 March, 2014

French wine producer, Les Grand Chais de France, is the biggest wine name to show its commitment to the independent merchant sector by signing up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines that oversee how producers and suppliers are working in the independent sector.

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French wine prices skyrocket following second small harvest

Published:  19 March, 2014

Two years of small harvests are taking their toll on French wine prices, with appellation wines up 18% on average on 2012.

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Q&A with Origin Wine founder Bernard Fontannaz, who talks quality control and looking outside South Africa

Published:  13 March, 2014

Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wine on quality control, expanding its portfolio to include Old World wines and Fairtrade.

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Alliance Wine aims to create 'iconic' rosé brand

Published:  11 March, 2014

Alliance Wine has high hopes that its new French rosé wine La Vie en Rose will become an iconic brand.

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?Liv-ex Fine Wine indices continue to decline

Published:  10 March, 2014

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index continued its slide reporting that February closed down for the eleventh consecutive month, closing at 252.50, down 0.9%, while the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 fell another 1.2% to 287.10.

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Average 2013 harvest "very necessary", says head of Bordeaux body

Published:  10 March, 2014
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Q&A: Isabelle Kanaan and Sébastien du Boullay, Sud de France

Published:  07 March, 2014

The pair from Sud de France talk to Richard Siddle about how it hopes to use its Top 100 programme to highlight the very best wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon

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Big interview: Vinexpo's new ceo,Guillaume Deglise, and his plans to modernise the show

Published:  07 March, 2014

Guillaume Deglise has big shoes to fill in replacing Robert Beynat as chief executive of Vinexpo. Here he tells Richard Siddle how he intends to create a very different type of show - based largely on the customer and branding lessons learnt from his career in Champagne

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Sud de France to invest more funds to drive distribution in independents and the on-trade

Published:  07 March, 2014

The Sud de France promotional body in the UK hopes to capitalise on the good 2013 vintage in the region to help build up distribution in independents and the on-trade during the rest of 2014.

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New Vinexpo chief open to idea of starting new shows around the world

Published:  07 March, 2014

Guillaume Deglise, the new chief executive of Vinexpo, said he remains open to running events in new markets around the world but only in the context of the bi-annual Bordeaux show remaining "the number-one priority".

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France's LGI Wines promotes winemaker Xavier Roger to MD

Published:  06 March, 2014

Southern French specialists LGI Wines' chief winemaker Xavier Roger has stepped up to the role of managing director in the wake of founder Alain Grignon's retirement.

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Ruinart: 2013 was good year in Champagne

Published:  05 March, 2014

Ruinart's cellar master says despite bad news elsewhere in France, 2013 was a good year in Champagne, and the house will make a 2013 vintage.

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Mike Paul: is the new EU planting wine regime a missed opportunity or pragmatic compromise?

Published:  04 March, 2014

Given the space devoted recently to predictions relating to the future of the wine business I've been surprised at the lack of attention focused on the new EU vine planting regime which is due to come into effect at the end of 2015. From that date each member state with over 50,000 hectares under vine will be able to add 1% per year to its vineyard area.

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UK buyers help pick ambassador wines to promote Vin de France

Published:  28 February, 2014

Up to nearly 90 wines thought to represent the very best of what Vin de France can offer have been picked by a trade panel to help promote Vin de France in key export markets like the UK.

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Gerard Basset leads line up for Discover the Origin masterclasses around the UK

Published:  28 February, 2014

The UK on-trade is for the last time going to have the chance to literally Discover the Origin of some of the most iconic drink and food products produced in the European Union with a series of masterclasses featuring some of the trade's most well known figures including Gerard Basset MW, MS.

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Douglas Blyde hears history, gains insight and tastes wines at Fells first summit

Published:  26 February, 2014

Combine one part history lesson with another part insight into the runnings of five family businesses, with a final part of tutored wine tastings, and the first Fells wine forum would result.

Held at Embankment's five-star Corinthia, a hotel realised by the Libyan Investment Authority (vehicle for Colonel Gaddafi's state funds) proceedings began with a speech by Fells MD, Steve Moody. His message was: this time it's personal.

"Today we take a step in a slightly different direction," he said. "Over the last 10 years our portfolio changed dramatically. Now we're one of the most premium wine importers. Rather than a larger, generic tasting, this is more personal. We're in the business of selling stories - and I think we've some of the best in the trade."

The function room of about 40 attendees included "hand-picked" sommeliers João Pires (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Vanessa Cinti (Cut, 45 Park Lane), Jan Konetzki (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay) and Charles Pashby-Taylor (Dabbous). The latter (previously of Gaucho) very obviously connected with the event's message. Pashby-Taylor told host Gerard Basset OBE (who donated his fee to a Southampton-based charity for disabled children): "As a sommelier I can talk the hind legs off a donkey on closures and barrels, but nine out of ten guests will sit with blank expressions looking petrified. It doesn't matter if a wine costs £10 or £10,000 a bottle - what guests want to know is, has love and attention gone into it?"

Esoteric only?

Basset paraphrased Jancis Robinson in his address, who recently described how Robert Parker Junior was "annoyed" by sommeliers who "only list esoteric wines" and "forget beautiful wines from a classic region." "In London we're lucky to have very different restaurants. For example at the River Café, I know sommelier, Emily O'Hare will want to surprise me and give me a wine I probably never heard of. But if I were to go twice a month, I'd also want something classic."

Moody showcased five family-owned agencies, including Torres (who owns 10% of Fells) and Symington Family Estates (who own the remaining 90%). Paul Symington said: "I am chairman, but they don't even pay me. I don't even get lunch but some awful sandwich from down the road!" He justified his position: "I didn't buy in to make a profit centre; the only things I ask Fells is not to lose money."

Wearing a bright orange v-neck, Thomas Henriot of Champagne Henriot (1808), whose family also bought Bouchard Père et Fils and Domaine William Fèvre in 1995 and 1998 respectively was first to speak. "Any tradition is an innovation which has succeeded," he said.

Alongside his PowerPoint presentation which featured the amusingly-misspelled heading, 'Are we Dinausaures?' Henriot revealed his modus operandi: "The world is wild: I don't rely on the bank, and I don't imagine fashion will protect my legacy." He clarified the latter. "Putting Syrah in Montrachet wouldn't be re-inventing the wheel; it would be nonsense."

Next, Miguel Torres Maczassek, fifth generation of Torres (1870) showed slides of Torres' Spanish "Chablis" from 1940. "It was hard to sell Spanish wines until after world war two, when people became familiar with the Torres brand."

Unfazed by Pinochet

Torres Maczassek showed an elemental, juicy, fair-trade Chilean sparkling rosé made from the 'Pais' grape, the country's most planted and resistant grape, here found in earthquake-hit sites. I learned that as well as being pioneers (from 1966) in introducing international varieties and stainless steel tanks to Spain, Torres were significant in being among the first foreigners to invest in vineyards in Chile from 1979. "Others were scared by dictator Pinochet," said Torres Maczassek. The locals thought our stainless tanks looked like UFOs."

He also revealed the secret to success, which doesn't depend on automatic dynastical lineage. "We believe not everyone in the family should work in the company - only the people who can add value."

Barone Francesco Ricasoli was the most vigorous producer to speak. Representing the 32nd generation of his family, Ricasoli tends sites in Chianti Classico, a region defined by ancestor, Barone di Ferro (the Iron Baron) in the 19th century and "roughly the size of St. Emilion.'

Ricasoli described the period from 1993 when he and his father, Bettino bought back the estate's name and re-launched the estate. "While everyone was hiding the name Chianti Classico I did the opposite, starting to work on Sangiovese and finding out why it was such a tough variety - almost as much as Pinot Noir. There are 70 different clones listed by the ministry of agriculture catalogue.

While Ricasoli takes a serious, reasoned approach to agriculture, he appeared interested foremost in "historical sustainability" (the estate was founded in 1141) than environmental "sustainability". Indeed, those terms appeared in that order in his presentation. He even denounced the nebulous definition of "natural" wines as "bullshit".

Wines shown, including 2010 Castello di Brolio, which Ricasoli defined as the "Lafite of Italy" were my favourites of the day.

Les Misérables

Penultimate speaker, Philippe Guigal of E. Guigal (1946) was sprightly despite a 3am start. "What is the Rhône valley today?" he asked. "It is France's second largest region after ...I forget the name... Bordeaux," he answered playfully. Guigal showed a rare picture of his grandfather, Etienne in the cellar of then boss, Monsieur Vidal-Fleury, which led to an ultimately uplifting narrative. "Etienne's father passed away when he was just two weeks old. At eight, he was told he was told 'you're the most dynamic of the three kids and must take care of yourself.'" Etienne subsequently toiled in vineyards from 14 to 18. "A Les Misérables start for the Guigal family!" he said. "At 19 the hard worker learned about vinification and a few years later became general manager. When he returned from the war he founded his own winery and vinified 67 vintages."

Following a special request from Moody to "please tell our guests some personal and private about the family that nobody knows" Guigal showed a picture of his mother, Bernadette and father, Marcel dressed for carnival (dad as Doge), then let slip that he and his wife, Eve are semi-pro ballroom dancers.

Guigal summed up his professional advantages. "We are in a world which goes so fast. The average stock of wine in the Rhône is 2.3 months, while we have the valley's largest stock - for 36 months in our three hectares of cellars."

Guigal also revealed while white wines only account for only 3.4% of the Rhône's output, they account for "precisely 25%" of their output. He showed Condrieu La Doriane 2012. "It's too easy with climate change to make ripe, rich, fat, explosive styles - we're moving to straight minerality."

Keeping it in The Family

Finally, Paul Symington confusingly defined himself by his accent. "I'm the only person who sounds British, but I only came to UK for the first time when I was 12 in 1965." He described his situation as privileged. "We don't have châteaux, but the most extraordinary valleys and the largest area of mountain vineyard one earth.

Symington talked of the Cockburn's project. "We rescued it from the hands of a multinational in 2006 and brought it back to its roots. Livery companies now buy it for first time in half a century."

Another positive piece of news involved Dow's 2011, which Symington described as the first port this century to get 100 points from Wine Spectator. "I must have got the right Swiss bank account for the man at Wine Spectator," he joked.

Apparently the last port company with coopers, Symington showed a single year Tawny. "Old Tawny is a complete mystery to the British. This Colheita was as much made by the team of coopers as the winemaker. Almost Cognac in colour, it's Port which adapts to the modern way of living." He told the sommeliers that there is no need to decant this style. "Don't need to disappear into the kitchen." Apparently six barrels or "pipes" of the 1982 were offered to mark for Prince William and Princess Kate "because that's when they were born."

Symington brought the summit to a close. "I had the misfortune of turning 60 in December, which was like falling into a big abyss. I believe in two distinct areas in wine: swathes as a commodity, being well-made but industrial, not speaking of anything other than being red or white. But the chances of having a survivable family business in that area are virtually invisible. Instead, broadly family businesses I think will have an incredible future because something protects us."

After the event Moody told me the event had not been rehearsed. "I don't mind admitting I was a little anxious about doing something so different for Fells. I do believe though that the day was a great success and it seemed to be enjoyed by our producers and the trade alike..."

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New Cru level for Les Dauphins wine brand

Published:  25 February, 2014

Rhône producer Cellier des Dauphins is launching a new premium red wine under its Les Dauphins brand.

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Bibendum to distribute Provence's Château Léoube

Published:  24 February, 2014

Bibendum is to distribute Provence vineyard Château Léoube, the sister estate of the Daylesford organic farm business in the UK.  

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Vinisud attracts buyers from around the world to highlight its Mediterranean wine and spirits

Published:  21 February, 2014

Over 1,600 exhibitors from across the Mediterranean's world of wine and spirits are set to descend on Montpellier in Southern France next week for this year's Vinisud trade show which hopes to attract buyers from all over the world.

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Fine wine prices fall in January for first time in 12 years

Published:  12 February, 2014

For the the first time in 12 years the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index fell by 0.9% in January, a traditionally strong month.

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Free Run Wines to boost its French portfolio

Published:  12 February, 2014

Free Run Wines is planning a boost its French portfolio and develop intellectual property to add value to the business.

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?Brangelina's Rosé to be sold at Berry Bros

Published:  10 February, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval Rosé released its second vintage last week and Berry Bros. & Rudd will get the first pre-allocation of the wine to be sold in the UK.

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Trade divided over this year's 'en primeur'

Published:  07 February, 2014

No one has officially sipped a single glass of the 2013 Bordeaux en primeur campaign and it is already one of the most controversial vintages in living memory. Gemma McKenna explains why

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The French Revolution

Published:  07 February, 2014

Without ever having really gone away, French wine is making a huge comeback. Where did it all go right? Andrew Catchpole investigates

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Domaines Paul Mas acquires eighth vineyard in Languedoc

Published:  06 February, 2014
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Hatch Mansfield takes on Loire's Joseph Mellot across all trade

Published:  04 February, 2014
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Q&A with Guillaume Deglise, chief executive, Vinexpo

Published:  29 January, 2014

Richard Siddle talks to the new chief executive of Vinexpo about his plans for the Bordeaux event and how he has found moving over to a show organiser from the Champagne sector.

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Q&A with Michel Issaly, president of the Association of Independent Winegrowers of France

Published:  29 January, 2014

Michael Issaly, winegrower of Domaine de la Ramaye in Gaillac, explains his role as president of the Association of Independent Winegrowers ahead of its tasting in London on February 6.

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France's Maison Sichel celebrates bumper year with sales up 6%

Published:  29 January, 2014
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UK remains sixth biggest wine drinking country in world despite falling sales says Vinexpo

Published:  28 January, 2014

The UK remains the sixth biggest wine consuming country in the world despite another year of falling wine sales, according to the latest figures released by Vinexpo, but there are signs drinking levels could be on the up again from 2015.

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Wendy Narby on why Bordeaux's 'La Place' system looks as strong as ever

Published:  27 January, 2014

In the latest of our series of "AWEsome tales" from members of the Association of Wine Educators, Wendy Narby examines the advantages and disadvantages of how Bordeaux wines are sold through its "La Place" system.

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US merchants call for lower prices in Bordeaux 2013 en primeur campaign

Published:  27 January, 2014

As the trade gets ready for the annual 2013 en primeur tastings an increasing number of leading wine merchants  around the world are calling for lower prices in this year's campaign, including key players in the United States.

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Languedoc-based winery aims to create a world class sparkling wine in Kent

Published:  24 January, 2014

A Languedoc-based winery has taken up the challenge of trying to create a world class sparkling wine in a new vineyard in Kent.

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Final Call: Should 2013 Bordeaux en primeur be cancelled?

Published:  24 January, 2014

Some leading figures in the UK wine trade have called for the cancellation of the 2013 Bordeaux en primeur campaign, but is it just a select number of critics or a vast majority of buyers?

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David Siddle on why winemakers should fall back in love with goats

Published:  22 January, 2014

Goats have long been seen as the enemies of viticulture and of woodland management as a whole in the regions of Mediterranean climate. Difficult to manage and agile enough to climb steep hillsides or leap terraces they could reach the tallest growths. Left to their own devices a flock of omnivorous goats could wreck a vineyard in no time at all. Their reputation could not have been lower.

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Natasha Hughes on the intricacies of changing appellation names in the Rhône

Published:  21 January, 2014

One of the most frequently cited Shakespearian quotes suggests that: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet". In the clear light of day, however, this is a proposition that simply does not hold up. Would you, for instance, eat in a restaurant called 'The Rubbish Dump' or buy a house in an area known as 'Price Tank Town'? Nope, thought not.

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French wines set for success with advent of sophisticated consumers

Published:  21 January, 2014
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?Liv-ex launches the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 index

Published:  20 January, 2014
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Olivier Krug talks to Giles Falllowfield about ID codes and keeping "Krugists" happy

Published:  17 January, 2014

I know his travel schedules are hectic but four continents in the space of one week seems excessive, even for him. In London, partly to see the pop-up Krug Kreperie in Covent Garden central market run in conjunction with Pierre Koffman, Olivier Krug is on a similarly lightening trip here after recent spells in Australia, Singapore, Canada and the USA. "I prefer quick visits where I can see lots of people in a short time as this means fewer days away from Champagne," says Krug.

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Published:  17 January, 2014
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Should there be a Bordeaux 2013 en primeur campaign? Have your say...

Published:  17 January, 2014

Both critics and producers took to Twitter and social media yesterday to defend their stance of whether or not the Bordeaux 2013 en premieur campaign should in fact be held this year and if it was would they attend. Here we look at industry opinion and give you the chance to have your say in our Harpers.co.uk poll. 

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Bordeaux 2013 en primeur could shake up wine industry

Published:  16 January, 2014

Bordeaux's 2013 en primeur campaign may well be a "damp squib" thanks to a poor vintage and lack of interest from top journalists, but it could shake-up the trade and consumers.

While some critics are calling for the campaign to be called off, the Bordelais are imploring the trade and media to give the wines a chance, and merchants believe a bad campaign could revitalise the industry.

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Younger consumers key to exploring French wines' diversity

Published:  15 January, 2014

Younger consumers are vital to drive sales of lesser-known French wines, said experts at the French Wine Discovery Tasting.

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Exploration among younger generations is key to showing French Wines diversity

Published:  15 January, 2014

The 12th annual French Wine Discovery Tasting, which showcased over 120 exhibitors, was held at the Tobacco Dock yesterday on January 14th, 2014.

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Third year of decline for fine wine leads to 'healthier' position

Published:  08 January, 2014
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Panos Kakaviatos explores the world of Dom Pérignon

Published:  07 January, 2014

Champagne may be great to drink anytime, but it is good to know that one need not spend too much on a fine bottle. During a Paris salon earlier this month, I tasted through some lovely bottles of moderately priced non-vintage Champagnes, including Drappier, Piper Heidsieck and Larmandier-Bernier. These and others provide well balanced aromas and flavours of citrus, brioche and a full bodied character, complemented with fine bubbles and freshness.

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Olivier Bourdet-Pees, Plaimont Producteurs

Published:  30 December, 2013
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2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013: Gavin Quinney, Chateau Bauduc

Published:  23 December, 2013

In the second of our 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 series Bordeaux winemaker, Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc, looks back on a year with more than its share of highs and lows including seeing a large part of his crop destroyed by hail as well as spend part of the year entertaining BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans on a tour of Bordeaux's best chateaux.

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Damien Wilson and Jérome Gallo look at the importance of business and wine education

Published:  23 December, 2013

On November 15, the Burgundy School of Business launched a new School of Wine and Spirits business at the Chamber of commerce, in Beaune. Although this launch wasn't front-page news in the New York Times, the fact that there is continuing coverage of the topic by the press suggests that there is more to this story than just another series of academic programmes to help prepare a batch of wine professionals.

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013: Gavin Quinney, owner Chateau Bauduc

Published:  23 December, 2013

In the second of our 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 series Bordeaux winemaker, Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc, looks back on a year with more than its share of highs and lows including seeing a large part of his crop destroyed by hail as well as spend part of the year entertaining BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans on a tour of Bordeaux's best chateaux.

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Fine wine market declines for third year says Liv-ex

Published:  20 December, 2013

 

The fine wine market has declined for an unprecedented third year in a row, according to the 2013 fine wine report from Liv-ex, the global marketplace for fine wine.

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Published:  20 December, 2013
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Over 100 producers head to French wine event

Published:  12 December, 2013

The 12th annual French Wine Discoveries Tasting will be held on Tuesday January 14, 2014 at Tobacco Dock near Tower Hill.

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French Independent Winegrowers fair comes to London

Published:  12 December, 2013

The French Independent Winegrowers fair will be returning to the Royal Horticultural Halls in London for a fifth year on February 6th, 2014.

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Jonathan Simms to be brand ambassador for Pernod Ricard UK Champagnes

Published:  09 December, 2013

Pernod Ricard UK has appointed Jonathan Simms as its new ambassador for its Champagnes brands.

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Cambridge Wine Merchants named as Sud de France Retailer of the Year

Published:  09 December, 2013

Cambridge Wine Merchants has been named the Sud de France Retailer of the Year in a competition run by the region's generic body, in association with Harpers.

 

 

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Plans for Bordeaux's global wine city unveiled at Wine Vision

Published:  29 November, 2013

Billed as the "biggest celebration of wine in the world" the plans for Cite de Civilisations du Vin to be built in Bordeaux were revealed to a global audience at last week's Wine Vision conference in London.

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Q&A: Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger on why Champagne houses must work harder to protect the category

Published:  27 November, 2013

Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger, head of Champagne Taittinger, says the major Champagne houses still have a lot of work to be done to make sure Champagne continues to be sold correctly and does not suffer from heavy price discounting that can damage its long term image.

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Q&A: Marie-Annick Consola, sales director, Vignobles Foncalieu

Published:  25 November, 2013

Anne Krebiehl talks to Marie-Annick Consola of Vignobles Foncalieu a collective co-operative that covers numerous appellations across the south of France and the Rhône Valley. It's 1,200 members work 5,100 hectares of vineyards and sales exceed 21 million bottles. Foncalieu's progressive management embarked on the path of premium production roughly a decade ago. Consola wasin London to introduce the 'Iconic' range, a collection of stand-out wines from distinct appellations like Saint-Chinian, Corbières, Minervois and Côteaux d'Esérune as well as the wines of Château Haut Gléon in Corbières. While Foncalieu still provides some own-label wines for Asda, it has largely moved away from the high-volume off-trade.

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Record sales at Hospices de Beaune as investors cash in on Burgundy

Published:  18 November, 2013

The 153rd Hospices de Beaune auction yesterday resulted in its highest sale since 2000, raising over €6.3m, nearly 400k euros more than last year.

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Krug launches magnum format for rosé

Published:  14 November, 2013

The House of Krug is to release Krug Rosé in magnums for the first time.

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Sotheby's to sell 100 cases of Opus One for $165,000

Published:  12 November, 2013

Sotheby's wine retail store is selling 100 six bottle cases of iconic Californian wine, Opus One, as a one off collection starting today for only the next four days, with vintages spanning from 1997 to 2005, for $165,000.

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Burgundy 2012 en primeur kicks off with some allocations already "exhausted"

Published:  11 November, 2013

The severly reduced Burgundy harvest for 2012 is resulting in producers holding en primeur tastings this month with "Allocation Exhausted" labels over some bottles.

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Michelin star chef Michel Roux is face of Everyday Bordeaux consumer campaign

Published:  11 November, 2013

Michelin star chef Michel Roux of Le Gavroche fame has teamed up with the 2013 Everyday Bordeaux collection of wines, to promote those wines considered by a panel of judges from the Association of Wine Educators to offer some of the best value Bordeaux currently available in the UK.

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Disgraced Bordeaux UK chief banned as director for nine years

Published:  06 November, 2013

Ian Vanderhook of Bordeaux UK has been banned as a director for nine years after his company collapsed with debts of more than £10m.

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Douglas Blyde explores Alsace wine with Etienne and Kaoru Hugel on their "working honeymoon"

Published:  05 November, 2013

I reflect, an hour afterwards, on the lightening that threatened to lash my City Jet's slim belly as it was hassled by turbulence heading back to London. Now, with every sip of soothing Alsace wine savoured in Hakkasan's dining room of ebony and Chinoiserie, tension steadily slips away.

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Giles Fallowfield travels back 100 years with Lanson's vintage Champagne

Published:  04 November, 2013

Lanson head winemaker Jean-Paul Gandon with his heir apparent Hervé Danton were in London last week for a dinner at Vintners Halls to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of vintage Champagne at the house. Lanson's first vintage Champagne was produced in 1904 and in a nice bit of symmetry it was the first opportunity to taste the newly released 2004 Lanson vintage, another good example of the large, forward and attractive '04 vintage showing biscuity complexity and a long finish.

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Analysis: How France is holding its own in global wine production despite difficult 2013 vintage

Published:  04 November, 2013

In response to last week's report from Morgan Stanley Research, which revealed a possible global wine shortage on the horizon, Harpers.co.uk is taking a closer look at key wine producing countries to assess whether they may or may not be contributing to the the global wine shortage hype. Today we look at France.

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Morgan Stanley predicts global wine shortage

Published:  30 October, 2013
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Average French bottle of wine now sells for £6.20 says France Summit

Published:  30 October, 2013

The average bottle of French wine in the UK off-trade sold for £6.10 in the 12 weeks up to October 22 compared to the market average of £5.24, according to figures released at last week's inaugural Harpers France Summit in London.

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Q&A: Thierry Budin, general director of Crédit Agricole

Published:  25 October, 2013

Over a tasting at seminal London restaurant, Le Gavroche, due to close for a month-long refurbishment in January, Douglas Blyde talks to Thierry Budin, general director of Crédit Agricole. The châteaux collection incorporates Bordeaux properties: Château de Rayne Vigneau (first growth Sauternes), Château Grand-Puy Ducasse (fifth growth Pauillac) and Château Blaignan (Médoc, Bourgeois). Also in the portfolio: Château de Santenay (which includes Mercurey, Aloxe-Corton, Beaune 1er Cru and Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy), and Château Saint Louis La Perdrix (Rhône).

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Château Haut-Gléon to open its gates to tourists

Published:  24 October, 2013

Southern French wine co-operative Les Vignobles Foncalieu is opening its Château Haut-Gléon vineyards as a wine tourism destination.

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French Wine Awards 2013 winners revealed

Published:  23 October, 2013

Waitrose, Les Caves de Pyrène, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Gerard Basset MS OBE and Andrew Jefford were some of the major winners in the first Harpers French Wine Awards announced yesterday at its inaugural France Summit in London.

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French attitude to UK wine market improved, hears summit

Published:  23 October, 2013

There has been a marked improvement in recent years in the attitude of many French producers looking to work in the UK market, according to Anne Burchett, managing director of Sopexa UK. 

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Fears France's latest vintage will put pressure on UK retailers

Published:  23 October, 2013

Whilst the French wine category is currently enjoying "unprecedented" sales in some UK retailers, there are real concerns about what impact this year's expected troubled vintage is going to have on the market in the year ahead.

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Gavin Quinney scoops Special Recognition accolade at French Wine Awards

Published:  23 October, 2013

Gavin Quinney, the English winemaker who owns and produces wine at Château Bauduc in Bordeaux, has won the Special Recognition Award at the first Harpers French Wine Awards.

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Live report from the France Summit 2013

Published:  22 October, 2013

The darling of the UK market, France, is being celebrated today at St Ermin's Hotel in London, with players in all channels coming together to discuss the importance and future of the UK's favourite wine-producing country.

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Leading UK wine trade figures head to London for first France Summit

Published:  21 October, 2013

Leading figures from across the UK wine trade will be attending tomorrow's inaugural Harpers France Summit that will look at how well the industry is sourcing, promoting and selling French wine across the on and off-trades.

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Late Champagne harvest should still bring good balanced vintage

Published:  18 October, 2013
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France Summit to reveal latest off-trade and promotional performance of French wine

Published:  17 October, 2013
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Gerard Basset to take part in trade wine clinic at France Summit

Published:  10 October, 2013

Master sommelier and former World Sommelier of the year, Gerard Basset, is to take part in a special wine clinic at this month's Harpers France Summit, in which he will give his expert, personal advice on how best to source, range, price and promote French wines on a wine list.

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Château Margaux releases first ever Balthazar bottle

Published:  10 October, 2013

Le Clos, retailer of fine wines and spirits, unveiled today it will be selling a Balthazar (12 litres) of Château Margaux 2009 for US$195,000, which is currently on display at Le Clos' flagship store at Dubai International Airport.

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Shortlist announced for Harpers French Wine Awards

Published:  10 October, 2013

The shortlist for the inaugural Harpers French Wine Awards has been announced and includes who the trade see as being the best performing retailers, supplilers and indiviudals in promoting and selling French wine in the UK.

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Grignan-les-Adhémar AOC looks to drive awareness in UK

Published:  09 October, 2013

Wine producers of the southern Rhône Valley's northernmost AOC, Grignan-les-Adhémar, are launching a campaign to generate awareness of its wines in the UK on the back of a 20% rise in exports.

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Laurent-Perrier's Guillaume Deglise to replace Robert Beynat as chief executive of Vinexpo

Published:  04 October, 2013
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Bruno Paillard releases 2004 vintage and praises family-owned Champagne houses

Published:  04 October, 2013
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Bordeaux breaks away from 'traditional wine advertising'

Published:  03 October, 2013

Rather than a series of regional arrangements, Bordeaux Wines has opted for a single global advertising account.

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London's only winery switches to Italy after turning down rotten French grapes

Published:  03 October, 2013

London Cru, the first central London winery, has had to turn away seven tonnes of grapes due to arrive from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley as the quality was not deemed to be up to scratch.

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UK representative chosen for Champagne Ambassador's Awards 2013

Published:  30 September, 2013

The Champagne Bureau has announced the winner of the Champagne Ambassador's Awards 2013 UK final, which recognises excellence in wine education and will see the winning candidate represent the UK in the European final later this month.

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UK trade's favourite French wines showcased at Absolutely Cracking tasting

Published:  27 September, 2013

Some of the wine trade's favourite French wines were on show this week at the Absolutely Cracking Wines from France tasting and Harpers is giving you the chance to win a case of specially selected wines from the event.

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Sud de France crowns Sommelier of the Year 2013

Published:  25 September, 2013

Sud de France has announced the winner of its coveted Sommelier of the Year title - Adam Pawlowski of Michelin-starred restaurant Northcote.

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Top speakers announced for France Summit 2013

Published:  25 September, 2013

A line-up of top speakers from all sectors of the trade is being pulled together for Harpers' inaugural France Summit, which will be held at London's St Ermin's hotel on October 22.

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Abbotts & Delaunay appoints new oenologist

Published:  25 September, 2013

Languedoc-Roussillon specialists Abbotts & Delaunay have appointed a new agronomist and oenologist, Hilde Chevillot, to replace winemaker Vincent Charleux.

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Last chance to enter Harpers' French Wine Awards

Published:  18 September, 2013

This week is the last chance for companies and indviduals to nominate themselves or other organisations to be considered in the inaugural Harpers French Wine Awards that look to recognise the best retailers, restaurants, suppliers, distributors  and ambassadors for the French wine category in the UK over the last 12 months.

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Matthew Dickinson on rubbing shoulders with the French political elite

Published:  18 September, 2013

Last week, I had the potentially dubious pleasure of being invited to the French Embassy in London to participate in a round table discussion with a roll-call of French dignitaries - the French export minister Mme Bricq, a senator, a (rather attractive, and surprisingly young) 'député' - as French MPs are known -  the Ambassador, a raft of bureaucrats, the chief executive of Danone UK etc. As far as egos, remuneration and importance in the general pecking order went, I was way down the far end of the table.

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Wines announced for the 2011 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc

Published:  18 September, 2013
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Sotheby's to auction rare Moët & Chandon's vintages going back to 1914

Published:  18 September, 2013

Sotheby's London is to hold an exclusive auction featuring never-before-seen vintages of Moët & Chandon with lots that go back to 1914.

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Q&A: Graham Shore, Domaine Vintur, Provence

Published:  17 September, 2013

Bought in 2010 by former investment banker and Oxford graduate Graham Shore, Domaine Vintur is situated on the lower slopes on Mount Ventoux and is run by Shore who has just completed his diploma in wine production from Plumpton College.

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Dany and Michel Rolland on the look out for investments in Napa Valley

Published:  13 September, 2013

Investing in California's Napa Valley is next on the list for Bordeaux oenologists and consultants Dany and Michel Rolland, owners of the Rolland Collection.

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UK wine educators look to bring story of Bordeaux back to the UK

Published:  29 August, 2013

Fifteen UK-based tutors have attended a specialised accredited course at L'École du Vin in Bordeaux in a bid to help spread the word in the UK about the region's wines.

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Laura Clay on how Bordeaux is taking on the New World - at last!

Published:  27 August, 2013

As an accredited Bordeaux tutor, Médoc ambassador, claret drinker, Bordeaux Blanc lover, sweetie fanatic and occasional primeur buyer, I'd really quite like the Bordeaux bashing bandwagon to come to an end.

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Provence harvest begins after most vineyards escape weather damage

Published:  23 August, 2013

Vineyards in Provence have escaped wide-scale weather damage and the harvest looks set to begin this month. 

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The 2013 harvest begins in France and Spain

Published:  21 August, 2013

This week marks the start of the 2013 harvest in Europe, with the vineyards in Tenerife, Spain in the Canary Islands and Roussillon region in France, reports wine-searcher.com.

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Q&A: Charles Sichel, export director, Maison Sichel

Published:  16 August, 2013

With customers tiring of high prices on the Bordeaux marketplace, Katherine Canfield talks to Charles Sichel at Maison Sichel about
how the company remains competitive in the global wine trade

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Affluent parts of UK put fizz back into Champagne sales

Published:  16 August, 2013

Champagne corks are beginning to pop again in more affluent pockets of the UK, while sparkling wine continues to be "a runaway success" across the board, according to recent trade figures.

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France Summit to reveal thoughts of most important French influencers in the UK

Published:  14 August, 2013

What the 100 most influential figures involved in French wine in the UK think of the category will be a central focus of the Harpers France Summit in October.

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Shortlist announced for 2013 Champagne Ambassador's Awards

Published:  09 August, 2013

The shortlisted candidates for the 2013 Champagne Ambassador's Awards organised by Comité Champagne (CIVC) have been announced.

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Published:  09 August, 2013
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Pommery Champagne pop-up at Edinburgh Fringe

Published:  08 August, 2013

Following its success as part of last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival the Champagne Pommery pop-up café bar has once again made an appearance.

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Bordeaux winemakers seek government bailout after devastating hailstorm

Published:  07 August, 2013

French wineries and vineyard owners in the Entre-deux-Mers region in south eastern Bordeaux are seeking government assistance in order to avoid bankruptcy after last weekend's "catastrophic" hailstorm, which affected an estimated 20,000ha, reported France 24.

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Jeanjean launches new brand Maison du Sud

Published:  06 August, 2013

Jeanjean, a wine producer from the Languedoc region, is launching new wine brand Maison du Sud for the off-trade in the UK.

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Chance to shine in Harpers French Wine Awards

Published:  05 August, 2013

Harpers is looking to recognise the best retailers, restaurants, suppliers, distributors  and ambassadors for the French wine category in the UK over the last 12 months with our inaugural French Wine Awards being run as part of the France Summit on October 22.

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Sud de France to hold Joie de Vivre festival on South Bank

Published:  01 August, 2013

Sud de France has announced it will be holding a Joie de Vivre festival this month in London to celebrate the wine regions of southern France.

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Luc Belaire launches sparkling Provence rosé

Published:  31 July, 2013

This summer sees the launch of Luc Belaire Rosé, which it claims to be "the world's most exquisite sparkling rosé".

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Cru Bourgeois 2011 wines to be revealed at London tasting

Published:  27 July, 2013

Wines selected from the 2011 vintage for Cru Bourgeois Médoc status will be shown for the first time to the trade at a special tasting in London on September 19.

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Champagne Deutz to be distributed by González Byass UK

Published:  18 July, 2013

González Byass UK has been appointed the exclusive distributor of Champagne Deutz with effect from August 1.

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Sign up for Sud de France festival promotion

Published:  02 July, 2013

There is still time for independent wine merchants to sign up to a Harpers promotion with Sud de France to help...

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CIVB appoints new managing director

Published:  02 July, 2013

Fabien Bova has been appointed managing director of the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) following a unanimous vote...

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Published:  01 July, 2013
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Demystifying French wine regions

Published:  28 June, 2013

With UK consumers drinking increasingly higher-quality French wines, it seems trading up is alive and well...

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Prix Raisin competition gears up for 2014

Published:  28 June, 2013

Bordeaux wine consultant Olivier Dauga and Jean-Pierre Xiradakis, a restaurateur in Bordeaux, have announced the third Prix...

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Vinexpo 2013: Around the world in five days

Published:  28 June, 2013

With nearly 50,000 visitors from 135 countries, Vinexpo was the centre of the wine and spirits world last week...

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Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux and VinItaly agree future trade dates

Published:  26 June, 2013

 
Unions des Grand Crus de Bordeaux and VinItaly have signed an agreement coordinating the calendars of their industry events for the next four years to avoid any trade clashes. Text

Unions des Grand Crus de Bordeaux and VinItaly have signed an agreement coordinating the calendars of their industry events for the next four years to avoid any trade clashes. 

 

Semaine des Primeurs in Bordeaux will be held between March 31 to April 5, 2014, March 30 to April 3 2015, April 4-8, 2016, and between April 3-7, 2017. 

 

VinItaly in Verona will be held April 6-9. 2014, March 22-25, 2015, April 10-13, 2016, and March 26-29, 2017.

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Champagne Jacquart unveils Cuvée Alpha

Published:  20 June, 2013

Champagne Jacquart has unveiled its new prestige cuvée and is eyeing more launches to enhance its premium...

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Gardet launches 'modern' Champagne Byzantine

Published:  19 June, 2013

Champagne Gardet has launched a new brand at this week's Vinexpo which hopes to attract a younger consumer with a modern Champagne style that goes against Champenoise tradition.

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Lifetime Achievement for Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

Published:  19 June, 2013

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement accolade at an awards ceremony at Vinexpo in Bordeaux.

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Industry roundtable: analysing the many faces of Muscadet

Published:  07 June, 2013

With quality on a high and prices competitive, Andrew Catchpole invited an intrigued panel to look afresh at the diverse wines of Muscadet

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Anne Krebiehl: A first impression of 2012 Bordeaux

Published:  08 April, 2013

Another year, another en primeur campaign. No longer are these the heady days of feverish speculation - both the market and a comedown from the hailed 2009 and 2010 vintages have steered the situation back into the real world, where this strange and intricate market mechanism of courtiers, négociants and "la place" insists on existing for another year.

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Thiénot unveils UK distribution arm

Published:  08 April, 2013

Thiénot Bordeaux-Champagnes has unveiled Thiénot UK, which follows both Thiénot Inc USA and Thiénot Asia in establishing direct distribution for the brand around the world.

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Producers get behind Vin de France

Published:  04 April, 2013

More than 700 French wine producers are now supporting the Vin de France promotional classification scheme, which came to operation in 2010.

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World's first €1million bottle of wine goes on sale

Published:  31 March, 2013

The world's most expensive bottle of wine - Domaine of the Bee 'Reductio ad Absurdam' 2010 - goes on sale today with a price tag of €1 million.

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Chablis exports to UK grew last year

Published:  28 March, 2013

The UK remained the number one export market for Chablis last year, with just under 10 million bottles - worth over €43 million - shipped over in 2012.

TextThe UK remained the number one export market for Chablis last year, with just under 10 million bottles - worth over €43 million - shipped over in 2012.

 

Nine out of 10 bottles shipped were Chablis or Petit Chablis, with the remainder Chablis Premier Cru or Grand Cru.

 

"Chablis is experiencing strong sales in the UK which is fantastic news. The Chablis commission of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) is continuing to invest in the UK through trade masterclasses and events throughout the year. The UK definitely remains the most important export market for Chablis wines," said BIVB marketing manager Françoise Roure.

 

Last year's exports to the UK bucked the decline in wine consumption to grow year-on-year BIVB reported, although exact figures are not available.

 

Some 2.6 million bottles of Chablis were exported to second largest market Japan, with a value of €16 million. Of those, 78% were Petit Chablis and Chablis and 22% were Premier Cru and Grand Cru. Wines from Burgundy accounted for 20% of all wines on sale in Tokyo in 2012.

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Douglas Blyde on the widening horizons of Chablis producers

Published:  28 March, 2013

Chablis, a collage of Chardonnay often sown on fossilised oysters, spans almost 5,000 hectares of villages, valleys and riverbanks. When I last visited in 2010, producers were wary. Tough economic times spelled strain when it came to their major export market - Britain. But, on my latest visit, it felt as if they had learnt to minimise risk by reaching out to a number of new markets.

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UK remains number one for Rhône exports

Published:  20 March, 2013

Wines from the Rhône enjoyed continued popularity in the UK in 2012, with exports up 6.5% on the previous year.

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John E Fells to represent Champagne Henriot

Published:  18 March, 2013

John E Fells has taken over agency duties for Champagne Henriot in order to bring the producer's brands under one roof.

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Champagne proves quality still comes first

Published:  01 March, 2013

Supermarket price wars may be attracting consumers to certain Champagnes, but independent retailers claim quality is still the key in their stores, as Carol Emmas rpeorts

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Regions vs brands: What's right for France?

Published:  01 March, 2013

With regions as well known as those in France, is there any point in marketing by brand instead of region? Laura Heywood...

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Sud de France ramps up promotional activity

Published:  28 February, 2013

Sud de France hopes to build interest in the region in the UK through a combination of wine promotions and competitions with the trade, and running food, wine and cultural festivals with consumers.

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Loire exports hit double-digit growth

Published:  26 February, 2013

Exports for Loire white, red, rosé and sparkling wines to the UK grew by 11% in volume for the year 2012, and the region has also seen a significant growth in value.

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Exclusive research: indies look to Old World for growth

Published:  15 February, 2013

European wines made from indigenous varieties are providing independent wine merchants with much more scope for growth compared with the New World's offering.

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International Gamay Competition announces 2013 winners

Published:  14 February, 2013

The third annual International Gamay Competition has announced the winners from its 2013 awards, which included a new category of sparkling wine.

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International Gamay Competition announces 2013 winners

Published:  14 February, 2013

The third annual International Gamay Competition has announced its winners from its 2013 awards, which included a new category of sparkling wine.

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Sichel Wines wins food and wine award at Prix d'Excellence 2013

Published:  13 February, 2013

Sichel Wines' family property Château Trillol, AOC Corbières has been awarded France's highest accolade for food and wine, the Prix d'Excellence 2013 in its Concours Général Agricole.

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Gérard Bertrand signs up with Hallgarten Druitt

Published:  08 February, 2013

Hallgarten Druitt, the national wine distributor, has added south west French producer, Gérard Bertrand, to its growing branded wine portfolio.

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Q&A: Dan Bolton, managing director, Louis Latour Agencies

Published:  01 February, 2013

Dan Bolton talks to Gemma McKenna about Louis Latour Agencies' growing portfolio, what's in store for 2013 and Burgundy's shortest harvest since the 1950s

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Les Vignobles Foncalieu enjoys Le Versant sales boost

Published:  29 January, 2013

French co-operative Les Vignobles Foncalieu is to make it's flagship brand Le Versant its main focus after it increased sales by 58% last year.

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Find your perfect match from France

Published:  24 January, 2013

For a chance to taste wines from small, terroir-driven French producers, head to the fourth annual First Date for France tasting on February 12.

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Simon Woolf on what he discovered at the Flint Wines Burgundy tasting

Published:  21 January, 2013

I fancy myself an old hand at Bordeaux en primeur tastings. I'm used to gums, teeth and elbows feeling decidedly battle-scared after the assault of youthful tannins and overly-enthusiastic attendees chasing the last sip of Cheval Blanc or D'Yquem.

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Win a French wine hamper worth £250

Published:  16 January, 2013

Christmas might be over, but readers can re-live the festive fun with Harpers' latest competition.

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Take 5 With Pol Roger's Hubert de Billy

Published:  16 January, 2013

Harpers hears from Hubert de Billy, sales manager for France at Champagne Pol Roger, who will be exhibiting at SITT Spring 2013.

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BIVB Chablis wine competition winners revealed

Published:  15 January, 2013

The Chablis commission of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) has revealed the award winners from the 2013 annual Chablis wine competition.

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Louis Royer Cognac appoints Mangrove as UK distributor

Published:  11 January, 2013

Mangrove has been appointed UK distributor to Cognac distillery Louis Royer in a bid to increase distribution in the UK.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Armit Wines

Published:  10 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tastings and related Burgundy events from members of the trade. Here Jenny Mackenzie of Early Bird Wine News reports from Armit Wines Burgundy 2011 en primeur tasting.

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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte boasts strong performance in 2012

Published:  10 January, 2013

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has strengthened its position among the leading Champagne brands  by posting its second most successful performance ever for 2012.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Berry Bros & Rudd

Published:  09 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tasting from members of the trade. Here Jenny Mackenzie of Early Bird Wine News gives her view on this week's Berry Bros and Rudd Burgundy tasting.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Institute of Masters of Wine Burgundy Seminar

Published:  09 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tastings and related Burgundy events from members of the trade. Here Anne Krebiehl reports from the Institue of Masters of Wines seminar and debate on Burgundy held this week.

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Tour de Belfort opens Manchester wine and cookery school

Published:  18 December, 2012

French winemaker Muriel Lismonde, owner of Tour de Belfort, has opened wine and cookery school Le Vin La Table in Hale, which aims to offer variety of wine tastings, cookery classes and workshops.

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Call for entries for the third International du Gamay competition

Published:  17 December, 2012

Inter Beaujolais is calling for entries to the third International du Gamay competition, which this year will also feature a new category for sparkling wines.

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Tour de Belfort opens Manchester wine and cookery school

Published:  17 December, 2012

French winemaker Muriel Lismonde, owner of Tour de Belfort, has opened wine and cookery school Le Vin La Table in Hale, Cheshire, which aims to offer variety of wine tastings, cookery classes and workshops.

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At Your Service events - Burgundy focus

Published:  14 December, 2012

It may be a quiet month in December, but there's a host of Burgundy tastings come January 2013. Here are just a few:

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Louis Latour Agencies looks to bolster portfolio

Published:  13 December, 2012

Louis Latour Agencies is looking to boost its portfolio with producers from Champagne and Spain.

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Lurton family giving New World wines 'more roots and identity'

Published:  11 December, 2012

New World wines 'need to find more roots and identity', says a member of the Lurton family, at the same time as his cousin expands his operation to California.

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Maison Louis Latour expands in Beaujolais

Published:  11 December, 2012

Maison Louis Latour has taken control of Château des Labourons in Beaujolais and is calling on other companies to buy land and launch new estates in order to build the region's reputation.

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Bordeaux's Lurton family 'find synergies' working together

Published:  11 December, 2012

Bordeaux's prestigious Lurton family is working together to "find synergies" and promote their wines as part of the 13-strong family collective.

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Spirited Wines to roll out cheese deli concept

Published:  07 December, 2012

Spirited Wines has launched a cheese deli counter at 11 of its stores and is hoping to roll the concept out across the estate once trials are complete.

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Australian wine most popular in off-trade but France leads on-trade

Published:  07 December, 2012

Australia is the most popular wine in the UK off-trade, while France tops on-trade sales, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association Market Report.

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Wine Pantry opens second site at St Pancras

Published:  06 December, 2012

English wines and spirits specialist the Wine Pantry is to open a second store in St Pancras station this December, selling exclusively English produce.

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Show of solidarity saves French wine business from collapse

Published:  04 December, 2012

Provence vineyard Château de Roquefort has been saved from ruin by a group of producers who gathered in support after its vines were wrecked by hail.

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Saint-Chinian AOC focuses on UK market

Published:  29 November, 2012

The southern French appellation of Saint-Chinian in the Languedoc is stepping up its activity in the UK market next year.

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Emerging Languedoc region targets UK for exports

Published:  29 November, 2012

Producers from the emerging Saint-Chinian appellation in the Languedoc in southern France are to target the UK in early 2013 in the hope of gaining listings and a foothold in the UK wine market.

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Plaimont releases phylloxera resistant cuvée

Published:  21 November, 2012

French producer, Plaimont Producteurs has launched an exclusive cuvée Vignes Préphylloxériques Saint-Mont, 2011, made from Phylloxera-resistant vines.

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Food and wine matching focus for new boot-camp

Published:  20 November, 2012

Hailed as one of the most "intensive, thorough and rewarding wine courses" around, The Extreme Wine Experience 2013 will give delegates a chance to gain an official WSET qualification and learn about food and wine matching.

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Trade celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau day without the 'Nouveau'

Published:  15 November, 2012

This year's Beaujolais Thursday may be marked with a host of trade events - but few of are actually marketing or serving traditional Beaujolais Nouveau.

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Les Vignobles Foncalieu acquires Château Haut Gléon

Published:  08 November, 2012

Co-operative union Les Vignobles Foncalieu is furthering its expansion into the luxury wine sector with the acquisition of Château Haut Gléon in the Languedoc.

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Domaines Paul Mas opens UK office

Published:  07 November, 2012

Languedoc producer Domaines Paul Mas has appointed Elin Mann to run its first ever dedicated sales and marketing office based in London.

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Languedoc's white wines growing in popularity in UK

Published:  06 November, 2012

Renowned for its red wines, the Languedoc is seeing an increase in demand from UK buyers for its "fashionable" whites.

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CIVL buyers' trip: Gordon Coates

Published:  02 November, 2012

Stone, Vine & Sun buyer Gordon Coates was among the lucky few who headed to the Languedoc last week for the CIVL study tour, organised in conjunction with Harpers and designed to open buyers' eyes to the diversity on offer.

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Stevens Garnier takes on Loiseau-Bichot range

Published:  31 October, 2012

Stevens Garnier has taken on an exclusive range of Loiseau-Bichot wines from Burgundy with the aim of bringing "additional prestige" to its portfolio.

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Languedoc winemakers the Outsiders hold London tasting

Published:  26 October, 2012

A group of Languedoc-Roussillon wine producers who call themselves the Outsiders thanks to their alternative approach to winemaking will be coming together on November 1 in London to show a selection of 40 wines.

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Wine investment fund Nobles Crus answers critics

Published:  24 October, 2012

Nobles Crus, the fine wine investment fund that was recently lambasted over its performance and how it is valued, has responded to critics.

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Burgundy faces smallest harvest since 1950s

Published:  24 October, 2012


Burgundy is facing up to its smallest harvest since the mid-1950s after the vineyards of the Côte d'Or suffered a mixture of frost, hail, mildew and poor flowering.

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Oddbins blog: hunt for UK's top novice wine taster

Published:  19 October, 2012

A sustainability officer at Camden Council has been declared the UK's best amateur wine taster as winner of Oddbins' The Palate 2012 competition.

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Win case of Absolutely Cracking French Wines

Published:  19 October, 2012

Harpers is offering one lucky reader a case of 12 wines, personally selected by the Harpers and IWC teams from a line-up of more than 150 at the Absolutely Cracking French Wines tasting, organised by Sopexa.

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Jenny Mackenzie heads to Loire tasting with Les Caves de Pyrene

Published:  18 October, 2012

Les Caves de Pryene held a dedicated Loire tasting this week "to show the incredible diversity of the region and its vintage variation". It was also a timely reminder that the latest in its growing number of natural wine bars, the Green Man and French Horn in London's St Martin's Lane is dedicated to the food and wine of the Loire.

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Find out more about all the latest on-trade openings this autumn

Published:  16 October, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade openings this autumn.

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AdVini appoints UK trading director

Published:  26 September, 2012

France's third biggest wine group, AdVini, has appointed Phil Priest as its new UK trading director.

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Beaujolais predicts low yields to match 2003 levels

Published:  13 September, 2012

Beaujolais is predicting a lower than average harvest for the 2012 vintage after repeated hail storms.

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Rolling update: Wineries make harvest predictions

Published:  29 August, 2012

As September looms, the wine industry in the northern hemisphere is keeping an anxious eye on its crops, with many having experienced unusual weather conditions earlier this year.

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At Your Service events - August and September

Published:  08 August, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events for August and September.

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Chablis producers anticipate smaller harvest

Published:  03 August, 2012

Chablis producers are predicting the harvest could be down by around 20%, thanks to bad weather earlier in the growing season.

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Geoffrey Dean: hits the spot in Languedoc-Roussillon

Published:  23 July, 2012


When La Revue de Vin de Fance, the esteemed French wine magazine, gave Foncalieu one of its coveted annual awards in Paris in January, the wine world sat up and took note. Les Vignobles Foncalieu, to give them their full name, was crowned French co-operative of the year, following in the footsteps of La Chablisienne in Chablis and Embres et Castelmaure in Corbieres. Twenty years after its formation as a union of co-operatives, the Languedoc-centred Foncalieu had won a most notable accolade.

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Sancerre tops the appellation polls at Concours des Vins de Bourges

Published:  19 June, 2012

Sancerre leapt ahead as the top appellation at the ninth Concours des Vins de Bourges, winning a total of 12 gold medals.

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Inter Beaujolais focuses on white Beaujolais at trade tasting

Published:  18 June, 2012

Inter Beaujolais will focus on white Beaujolais and older vintages at its trade and press tasting on June 26.

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LIWF: Day Two, Live Blog

Published:  23 May, 2012


The events as they happen on day two of the London International Wine Fair at ExCel.

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Jancis Robinson picks out lower alcohol, cooler climate and regional varieties as trends

Published:  21 May, 2012

Quality over quantity, celebrating wholesomeness, cutting down on oak and alcohol content, seeking out cooler climates and reintroducing regional varieties are just some of the trends in wine identified by Jancis Robinson MW.

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Free Run launches its own French wine brand

Published:  18 May, 2012

Free Run Wines is launching its own French wine brand - Les Calades - to plug what it sees as a gap in the market.

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Douglas Blyde: Behind the scenes in Istria, Croatia at the Piquentum Winery

Published:  01 May, 2012

A five-bolt lock pins the rust-coloured door to the hillside. Trees sprout above, just in leaf, their roots wrapping around, but unable to enter. Beneath, Dimitri Bre?evi?'s winery unravels, church-like in its proportions, verdegris mottling concrete walls and blood of Christ soundlessly maturing. Mightily built, this cavern was conceived as a water tank in 1928, converted for war shelter in the early 90s, and, just months ago, recognised as actually here by cartographers and authorities...

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Oddbins matches London's mayoral candidates with wines

Published:  25 April, 2012

Oddbins, the 35-strong high street wine retailer, has selected seven wines that "sum up" each of the mayoral candidates.

 

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Cracks show in en primeur with Latour's withdrawal

Published:  20 April, 2012

Despite assurances to the contrary, Château Latour's withdrawal from the en primeur system could be bad for business and threaten the traditional Bordeaux marketplace.

 

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Les Vignobles de Foncalieu - coup for co-op

Published:  13 April, 2012

Southern French co-operative Les Vignobles de Foncalieu is witnessing a move to their own branded wines, above own label.

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Stratford's refocuses on Old World Wines

Published:  12 April, 2012

Stratford's Wine Agencies' move back towards Old World wines and away from its New World stronghold has paid off, says managing director Paul Stratford.

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Consumer engagement is key to French success

Published:  13 March, 2012

French wine brands should take a leaf out of the soft drinks or confectionery categories' books by thinking about what the consumer wants.

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Blog: Anne Krebiehl meets Margaux's Paul Pontallier

Published:  22 February, 2012

Anne Krebiehl headed to a seminar tasting with Château Margaux managing director and winemaker Paul Pontallier.

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Part two of indie merchants' Beaujolais blog

Published:  17 February, 2012

In the second blog from Harpers' Independent Buyers Trip to Beaujolais, run in conjunction with InterBeaujolais, we hear from a few more of the independent retailers who went out to the region.

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International Gamay Competition winners announced

Published:  14 February, 2012

The second International Gamay Competition organised by Inter Beaujolais, has announced 169 medal winners.

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Beaujolais whites a hit with independent retailers

Published:  13 February, 2012

Beaujolais' lesser-known whites are building up a following among independent wine merchants who praise the wines' "sensible prices", "food-friendly styles" and"consumer appeal".

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Indie merchants blog from Beaujolais

Published:  10 February, 2012

Last week Harpers Wine & Spirit, in conjunction with InterBeaujolais, invited a handful of leading independent wine merchants to go out to Beaujolais and discover the wines for themselves.

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Chablis Wine Competition announces winners

Published:  10 February, 2012

Twenty-six wines were given awards at the 26th annual Chablis Wine Competition.

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Tim Wildman MW: Australia in the Goldilocks Zone

Published:  03 February, 2012

In a bright, white gallery space on The Kings Road in Chelsea the annual Australia Day Wine Tasting took place last week. Amid the slurping and spitting, tasters who listened very carefully may have detected a rumbling; deep, subterranean, underground. It could have been a tube train passing below, or a low flying plane overhead. But it was neither of these. The rumbling you may have heard, over the clatter of bottles of Chardonnay and Shiraz, is the sound made as the tectonic plates of the Great Australian Wine Industry shift and rearrange themselves for the first time in a generation.

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Emmanuel Charrier elected president of BIVC

Published:  16 January, 2012

Emmanuel Charrier has been elected the new president of the regional trade body for the AOP wines of the Centre Loire vineyard, the BIVC.

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Online wine retailers slash prices in January sales

Published:  06 January, 2012

Online retailers are leading the way in slashing prices for the January sales, offering up to 60% discount, while for the high street merchant it's back to business as usual.

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Lorgeril takes to the skies

Published:  03 January, 2012

 

Languedoc producer Lorgeril has secured a major airline listing with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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Burgundy Wine Board cancels annual UK tasting

Published:  20 December, 2011

The Burgundy Wine Board has cancelled its UK-based generic tasting in 2012 following feedback from the British trade and Burgundy producers.

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Acker Merrall & Condit launches "Twelve Days of Christmas" wine auction

Published:  14 December, 2011

US rare wine auction house, Acker Merrall & Condit has launched a "Twelve Days of Christmas", a worldwide auction offering gifts of 'incomparable rarity and lavish value'.

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Record sale of £2.9m for Christie's London

Published:  05 December, 2011

Christie's London recorded its biggest wine sale total since 1997 as Sir Evelyn De Rothschild's collection hit £2.9 million.

 

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Eco-certified wines carry clout with consumers

Published:  02 December, 2011

As more wine companies jump on the environmentally friendly bandwagon, achieving full organic or biodynamic certification gives producers greater credibility with the consumer.

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Call for entries to 'International Gamay Competition'

Published:  25 November, 2011

Inter Beaujolais has called for entries to its second 'International Gamay Competition'.

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Vinotheque to distribute Steep Hill Wines

Published:  25 November, 2011

Vinotheque, part of logistics provider, London City Bond, has secured a contract with family-run independent wine merchant and shipper, Steep Hill Wines.

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Trade ushers in Beaujolais Nouveau

Published:  17 November, 2011


Beaujolais Thursday is being marked with a flurry of on-trade events, restoring some of the sheen to day that many in the UK trade feel has been steadily losing its gloss.

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Blog: Behind the scenes at Jancis Robinson MW Wine Future tasting

Published:  09 November, 2011


Wine styles and varieties that "deserve more attention" were the focus of the 15 wines chosen by Jancis Robinson MW for her major tasting at Wine Future in Hong Kong

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Sopexa to market Chablis in UK

Published:  04 November, 2011

The Burgundy Wine Board BIVB, has appointed Sopexa to manage public relations for Chablis, with the aim to increase its presence in the UK market.

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DoILikeIt? Carries out survey for International Grenache Day

Published:  23 September, 2011

A global wine survey has been carried out for International Grenache Day, September 23 by London-based research company DoILikeIt?

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2011 MWs include M&S buyer and Sainsbury's winemaker

Published:  06 September, 2011

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced its eleven new Masters of Wine MW, brings the total worldwide number to 300 for the first time in the title's history.

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Inter Beaujolais launches iPhone app

Published:  19 August, 2011

Continuing its investment in the technology field, Inter Beaujolais has launched its own iPhone app.

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Justin Keay: a tour of Alsace

Published:  16 August, 2011

Many wine regions lay claim to being the world's most attractive but Alsace has a better claim than most.

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Jenny Mackenzie: Blog review of Natural Wine Fair

Published:  03 June, 2011


There has been a lot of response lately in the trade to 'natural wine' which seems to evoke strong opinions, for and against. The Natural Wine Fair was organised by Isabelle Legeron MW with Les Caves de Pyrène, Aubert & Mascoli, Dynamic Vines, Wine Story and Yapp Brothers. Held at London's Borough Market on three days, 15th-17th May, the Sunday was for consumers, Monday and Tuesday for trade.

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President Obama drinks English wine at Buckingham Palace

Published:  26 May, 2011

English sparkling wine, Ridgeview Fitzrovia Sparkling Rosé 2004 was served at the Buckingham Palace state dinner to honour the visit of President Barack Obama.

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LIWF - Dedicated Wines launch Les Dauphins

Published:  11 May, 2011

Over at the Dedicated Wines stand, Ed Squires and Richard Evans continue on the path of "doing what France does best - bringing profitable sales to the UK retail sector".

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Francis Ford Coppola appoints Château Margaux winemaker

Published:  12 April, 2011

Francis Ford Coppola has appointed current estate director at Château Margaux, Philippe Bascaules as estate manager and winemaker at Inglenook, his newly named Napa Valley vineyard.

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En primeur blog: J&B's Tom Jenkins

Published:  08 April, 2011

Tom Jenkins, Bordeaux buyer for Justerini & Brooks, blogs from the en primeur tasting

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Bordeaux 2010: the round-up

Published:  08 April, 2011

This has been a busy week for the trade, who headed off en masse to deliver their verdicts on the en primeur tasting for Bordeaux 2010's "stunning", monumental" wine.

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Bordeaux 2010 tipped for success

Published:  04 April, 2011

Early indications show that Bordeaux 2010 looks set to be an impressive vintage, according to Berry Bros & Rudd's fine wine director Simon Staples.

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WaverleyTBS announces record attendance at portfolio launch

Published:  18 March, 2011

WaverleyTBS announced a record attendance at the launch of its re-vamped wine portfolio, that begins the first of a series of national tasting events.

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Corney & Barrow Beaujolais ad ruled irresponsible

Published:  17 March, 2011

Wine bar operator Corney & Barrow has got a slap on the wrist from the ASA over its Beaujolias breakfast ad, which was ruled irresponsible for encouraging people to drink early in the day.

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Goedhuis second summer charity rosé tasting launched

Published:  24 February, 2011

Goedhuis & Co, Savills and Weatherbys Private Banking are to launch the second Goedhuis Summer Rosé Tasting in aid of the Starlight Children's Foundation.

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Richard Campbell reviews Hallgarten Druitt and Novum Wines annual tasting

Published:  23 February, 2011

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines Annual Tasting reviewed by Richard Campbell, director, Woodbridge Wine Company, Suffolk.

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Centre-Loire Wines appoints Sopexa for 2011 programme

Published:  17 February, 2011

Centre-Loire Wines (BIVC) has appointed Sopexa UK, to manage its 2011 UK public relations trade campaign.

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First Gamay Symposium attracts 11 countries

Published:  15 February, 2011

The first Gamay Symposium, aimed at raising consumer and professional awareness of the grape, saw over 600 entries from 11 different countries and 167 medals won.

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D&D to slash prices on top-end wines

Published:  14 February, 2011

Former Conran restaurants, D&D London, has announced a wine spending review that includes slashing the mark-ups on top-end bottles.

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Domaine Paul Mas - the new releases

Published:  10 February, 2011

If you're looking for something new and exciting, says Paul Mas, then try the Domaine Paul Mas, Mas des Mas Pinot Blanc 2010.

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Chris de Burgh to auction wine

Published:  02 February, 2011

Chris de Burgh is the latest celebrity to auction off his a selection of wines from his private collection ? expected to raise £200,000 next month.

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Blog: Panos Kakaviatos tastes Burgundy 2009

Published:  28 January, 2011

Panos Kakaviatos tastes his way around Burgundy 2009.

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Blog: Anne Krebiehl's Ravenous for Riesling

Published:  26 January, 2011

Anne Krebiehl picks out her favourites from the Ravenous for Riesling tasting

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Geoffrey Dean's Ashes and wine blog: how inspiring Aussie winemakers make up for Perth defeat

Published:  21 December, 2010

If it was back to earth with a bump after England's thrashing at Perth, what better way to soothe the disappointment than to spend some time with one of Australia's pioneering winemakers, Bill Pannell.

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Harpers Drinking Out Excellence Awards shortlist announced

Published:  14 December, 2010

The shortlisted restaurant and bars in this year's Harpers Drinking Out Excellence Awards have been announced.

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Skalli opens tourist centre in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Published:  13 October, 2010

French wine producer, Skalli has opened a new tourist centre at its winery in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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Roberson Wine & Orbiel & Frères

Published:  11 October, 2010

Fed up with the lack of wine available in the UK at a low enough price for Roberson Wine to retail it sub-£6 and wholesale at around £4, senior buyer Mark Andrew embarked on a hunt for a range of great, superb-value wines.

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Burgundy harvest starts early

Published:  23 September, 2010
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Burgundy harvest starts early

Published:  23 September, 2010
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Richard Siddle dines at The Milroy

Published:  16 September, 2010

Walking into The Milroy you feel like you've stepped up a notch or two in social class, which is all part of its new-found appeal.

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Berry Bros & Rudd to match red wine with fish

Published:  25 August, 2010

Berry Bros & Rudd is using science in an attempt to prove that red wine does go with fish after all.

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Vinea to hold its 17th annual wine fair

Published:  23 August, 2010

Switzerland's most important wine fair Vinea is to run its 17th show offering several new features.

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Carol Emmas reviews Roux at Parliament Square

Published:  16 August, 2010

It was a sad day for me when the peace protesters were removed from Parliament Square - where some had camped for almost a decade.

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Speaker highlights at Top Merchants, Bristol conference

Published:  03 August, 2010


Speaker highlights from the Top Merchants conference held in Bristol on July 19.

 

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Carol Emmas reviews Inter Beaujolais

Published:  29 July, 2010

Unless you've been residing on another planet these past few weeks, it's unlikely the hype of the 2009 Beaujolais vintage has passed you by. Xavier Barbet, vice-president of Inter Beaujolais, says this is the best vintage he's ever seen.

 

I have to say it's nice to have a Beaujolais revival because when Gamay is good it's a joy to behold. Plus it sits so well with what the consumer wants these days: it's light, not a high abv, tastes good chilled and is a great food wine. It also stands out on its own in terms of individuality and style.

 


All 12 appellations were on show, from the light, frivolous and fruity through to the more serious and complex. There were a couple that fell a little flat , but there were many more delightful, luscious and succulent wines on show and it's these that will have the consumer coming back for more.

 

Some of the more complex wines were good to savour and good value on the pocket. But to me it's about making hay while the sun shines and I'd be opting for the bright-fruited fun aspect - and there's plenty of that to be had this year.

 


Henry Fessy Beaujolais Rouge 2009 (Louis Latour Agencies) had a colour you'd want on your palette as well as your palate. Red-purple in the glass, it had a lively nose of raspberry and violets, with upbeat, red berry fruits to taste.

 


Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Rouge Coeur de Vendange 2009 (Enotria) was a gluggable wine, with cherry and raspberry flavours backed by firm tannins and a succulent finish.
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages 2009 (Berkmann Wine Cellars) had vibrant red and purple fruit that skimmed and teased the palate and delivered a long, juice-laden finish.

 

Domaine de la Madone Vieilles Vignes Fleurie 2009 (Thorman Hunt) showed aromas of violets and dark red fruit, intense flavours of liquorice, a touch of spice, good acidity and lively tannins.


But it wasn't all about the reds. There were a few whites under the Beaujolais Blanc appellation and the Château des Jacques Grand Clos de Loyse 2009 (Hatch Mansfield) showed a fresh, clean nose with lemons and nuts on the palate and a good level of minerality.

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Richard Siddle dines at The Milroy

Published:  29 July, 2010

Walking into The Milroy you feel like you've stepped up a notch or two in social class, which is all part of its new-found appeal. Previously you were only able to dine here if you were rich enough to pay the membership fee for what is essentially a private casino - Les Ambassadeurs Club.


Located on the cusp of Hyde Park, The Milroy is situated in what used to be one of Henry VIII's hunting lodges and its interior is still modelled on the fin de siècle Louis XV style incorporated in the 1870s. Dining here certainly makes you feel one step closer to royalty.


The food is European traditional, dressed up with a serious modern twist. It's the kind of menu where you need the staff to explain at least two ingredients per dish. But this is no surprise as head chef Simon Foster was trained by Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire.


Foams, juses and mousses run alongside Barnsley chops, ribs of beef, sole meunière and pan-fried skate.


The wine list is tilted to the Old World but evenly spread around the New World. With Cloudy Bay and Hunter Valley running up alongside Meursault, Pommard and Nuits St George. Under head sommelier Andres Lucas it features 200 bins, 10 by-the-glass at £7.50, and fairly priced bottles starting at £22.


Lunch here is a grand occasion. A step up and a step back in time. But well worth stepping up for.

 

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Laura Clark - Christmas time, mistletoe and wine

Published:  02 July, 2010

And so the seemingly endless stream of Christmas tastings that journalists finds themselves traipsing to in the sweltering heat of the summer has begun.

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AdVini looks to drive quality French wine sales

Published:  02 June, 2010

Newly merged French wine giant AdVini has unveiled plans designed to keep the company at the top of quality French winemaking.

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French launch first 3-D Virtual Wine Fair

Published:  28 May, 2010

The www.WineFair.com plans to help busy wine and spirit professionals network worldwide from the comfort of their desks

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Liberty take on Laroche wines in the UK

Published:  12 March, 2010

Liberty Wines is to be the exclusive UK importer for three Laroche estates: Domaine Laroche (Chablis), Mas La Chevalière (Languedoc) and Viña Punto Alto (Casablanca Valley, Chile).

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D&D takes on French agencies

Published:  09 March, 2010

D&D Wines International has been appointed as the principal off-trade agent for Jeanjean Languedoc and RIGAL.

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Sam Harrison, owner, Sam's Brasserie & Bar & Harrisons

Published:  25 February, 2010

It's been an interesting month so far with the weather causing havoc. Nevertheless this has not dampened our spirits at Sam's Brasserie + Bar or over in Balham at Harrison's

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Breaking new terroirs

Published:  25 February, 2010

If you're visiting Terroirs for the first time, the thing to do when you turn into the road it's on is to look out for a blackboard with an eccentric slogan.

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Carol Emmas - Is this the future direction of Sauvignon Blanc?

Published:  12 February, 2010

 

I recently attended the Montana Icon Project, to find out what direction the brand is taking with its premium Sauvignon Blanc.

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Chablis winners announced

Published:  19 January, 2010

The winners of the annual Chablis Wine Contest, covering the 2007 and 2008 vintages, have been announced.

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Guy Anderson strengthens position in France

Published:  06 January, 2010

Guy Anderson Wines is strengthening its position in France having been appointed off-trade agent for Loire producer Ackerman and Burgundy specialist François Martenot.

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Fiona Sims examines the wines at the Galvin brothers' new London eaterie

Published:  17 December, 2009

Fiona Sims examines the wines at the Galvin brothers' new London eaterie, La Chapelle.

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New premium wines from Cellier des Dauphins

Published:  14 December, 2009

Rhône producer Cellier des Dauphins, has developed three new premium wines for the UK market.

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La Tour D'Argent raises €1.5 million in wine sale

Published:  10 December, 2009

The sale of part of the legendary La Tour D'Argent's cellar in Paris raised €1.54 million following a two-day auction.

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Agency's Taste: Charles Taylor Wines

Published:  04 December, 2009

Charles Taylor Wines was established in 1986 and is agent and importer for a selection of leading estates from traditional regions of France and Germany.

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Olivier Gasselin, head sommelier, Bluebird, Chelsea

Published:  04 November, 2009

I know the whole organic and bio-dynamic thing a bit of a trend at the moment, but still my philosophy is to be conscious of producers who respect their terroir and don't use chemicals and pesticides.

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Olivier Gasselin, head sommelier, Bluebird, Chelsea

Published:  03 November, 2009

I know the whole organic and bio-dynamic thing a bit of a trend at the moment, but still my philosophy is to be conscious of producers who respect their terroir and don't use chemicals and pesticides.

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Laroche and Jeanjean to merge

Published:  29 September, 2009

French wine producers Jeanjean and Laroche are merging to create a new company with a projected turnover of €200m.

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Harrop leads Loire Sauvignon project

Published:  21 September, 2009

Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire is hoping to boost its image in the UK with a new campaign aimed at the trade.

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Wines in the press - August 7 - 9

Published:  10 August, 2009

The Guardian

Victoria Moore is talking about chilling light reds. " A good, light red that has been chilled for half an hour in the fridge is not only refreshing and joyful, it also possesses substance and intrigue that holds your attention beyond the first glass," she says.

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Bibendum picks up Roux

Published:  04 August, 2009

Bibendum has bolstered its Burgundy portfolio with the addition of St-Aubin-based firm, Domaine Roux Père et Fils.

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Wines in the press - July 31- August 2

Published:  04 August, 2009

The Guardian

Victoria Moore is visiting the Romanée-Conti DRC, vineyards where she says, "in scale, everything is tiny".

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Wines in the press - July 31- August 2

Published:  04 August, 2009

The Guardian

Victoria Moore is visiting the Romanée-Conti DRC, vineyards where she says, "in scale, everything is tiny".

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My Taste

Published:  29 July, 2009

Andrea Briccarello, of Galvin restaurants, tastes his way around Burgundy with Les Caves de Pyrene.

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Hilary Armstrong assesses the wines and food at London's Trishna

Published:  27 July, 2009

For the well-travelled gourmet, the name Trishna is synonymous with great seafood. The Mumbai destination restaurant is held to be one of India's - indeed the world's - best seafood restaurants.

 

 

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Andrea Briccarello tastes his way through Burgundy

Published:  27 July, 2009

Burgundy has always attracted me more than any other region in France because of it's rural heritage and stunning wines. After years of opening gracious and velvety Pinot Noirs and creamy sumptuous Chardonnays, I was very excited to join a small group from Les Caves de Pyrene to visit this promised land.

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Wines in the press, July 4-5

Published:  07 July, 2009

Here is what the national wine critics had to say over the weekend of July 4-5.

The Guardian
Victoria Moore is upbeat to see the 2007 Rhône reds hitting our shelves. Not a vintage generally admired in France, says Moore, "but while it poured in much of the country that summer, the southern Rhône remained defiantly dry".

And, says Moore, it's not just a vintage "for those with money to burn on Châteauneuf-du-Pape", with quality sweeping across the board. Waitrose's Rhône buyer Andrew Shaw goes further, saying village appellations were exceptional and, proportionately, the lower priced wines represent even better value.

One worth seeking out, says Moore, is Domaine de la Berthète Côtes du Rhône 2007 (£6.49, or £5.19 by the mixed case, Oddbins).


The Observer
Prompted by a not uncommon discussion with a perturbed waiter, Tim Atkin MW explains why there are advantages to drinking some red wines chilled.

Fruit and perfume are more pronounced in a wine at 15C than at 22C says Atkin, with higher temperatures encouraging alcohol to leap out of the glass and flavours to seem jammy and indistinct.

 

Apart from astringent, chunky wines with high tannins, Atkin reckons "you can chill pretty much anything red to 14C. But lighter, fruitier wine is where you'll notice the biggest difference".

 

He suggests putting Asda's juicy, raspberryish 2007 Extra Special Beaujolais Villages, Boisset (£4.61, 12.5%), in the fridge.

 

The Sunday Telegraph

"Real men, making real ale, sounds like the last, sweaty bastion of a traditional drinks industry," says Susy Atkins. Imagine her surprise then, to come across two female brewers in the space of a month.

Otter Brewery in east Devon and Marston's in Burton upon Trent each boast a female brewer who have developed similar views regarding women's tastes. They believe women dislike overtly bitter flavours, preferring lightly hopped, crisp draughts, "but not bland lager", checks Atkins. The ground-breaking duo also agree that decent beer deserves to be served in wide-bowled glasses, not heavy tankards, and in the art of beer and food matching.

Atkins suggests trying Otter Brewery's Beautiful Daze (£1.90 for 500ml from Waitrose and selected Tesco) and Marston's Pedigree Premium English Ale (£1.70 from major supermarkets), which she says is more malty, with mellow, nutty notes - and good with a classic cheese ploughman's.

 

The Times
"Not even I want to fuss about with wine on hot, humid days," declares Jane MacQuitty, preferring ice-cold summary cocktails, "complete with a decent slug of alcohol".

To pep up non-alcoholic cocktails she recommends a good 40% plus gin such as her favourite - "Tanqueray's amazing, angelica and juniper-stashed 47.3% Export Strength" (Waitrose, £17.29; Threshers and Wine Rack, £17.99) - and St-Germain elderflower liqueur (Waitrose, 50cl, £14.99).


Alas, not even the Royal mixologists at a charity event she attended at St James's Palace could challenge her enduring favourite: Cheat's Pimm's. Best, she says, made with one measure each of gin and red vermouth and half a measure of Bols Orange Curaçao, (Gerry's and The Vintage House in Soho, London), the usual fruit and greenery and topped up with ice-cold sparkling lemonade or ginger beer.

"It has more kick and flavour and is less expensive than the outrageously expensive, wishy-washy Pimm's No 1 and Sainsbury's silly £10.79 imitation, Pitchers," says Macquitty.

 

The Sunday Times
Bob Tyrer believes the perception of Californian wines as either bland if cheap - cue Blossom Hill or Gallo - or expensive if made by film stars is 'not entirely true'.

 

However, he agrees that drinkable American wines generally cost too much. With the help of a British importer, he gives reasons for the high price point, including the expensive dollar and cost of freight, which is 20% more than shipping from Chile or New Zealand. The other, more worrying, reason cited was arrogance, with the importer believing that American producers "simply don't care whether the export price is competitive because they sell so much on the domestic market".

 

Tempted to boycott American producers until they wake up to the recession, Tyrer does manage to recommend Parducci Pinot Noir 2007 (£9.99 at Oddbins). 'A bargain by Californian standards,' he says.



The Financial Times
Jancis Robinson MW is optimistic about the quality of wine coming from New Zealand, and reports the country is "no longer a one trick pony".

 

Chardonnay, second in plantings to Sauvignon Blanc, has seen a general step up in quality, with wines still retaining New Zealand's trademark bright, fruit acidity, says Robinson,.

Complementary of market leader Montana's "modest bottling of unoaked Chardonnay" (widely available for less than £7, and £5.59 at Waitrose until July 21), her enthusiasm is muted by the news that Montana is cancelling its grape contracts in Gisborne. Why, she asks? Because the market prefers Sauvignon Blanc.


"Catastrophic news for Gisborne grape growers", she says. "Buy Gisborne Chardonnay; keep these growers afloat!"

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Wines in the press June 26 - 28

Published:  30 June, 2009

What the critics have to say in this weekend's news.

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Wines in the Press - June 19 - 21

Published:  23 June, 2009

What the critics had to say this weekend

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Blason de Bourgogne relaunches with first ad campaign

Published:  18 June, 2009


HwCg is re-launching its Blason de Bourgogne brand under the slogan "We Are Blason" with a new look, more premium varieties and a major consumer advertising campaign.

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My Taste

Published:  16 June, 2009

Value is the name of the game at Asda, finds Claire Hu.

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Profile: Alvaro Marcos Garcia, of Theo Randall, on being asked for ice cubes in a Bordeaux cru class and Sauvignon Blanc with steak

Published:  01 June, 2009

Award-winning sommelier Alvaro Marcos Garcia thinks wine communicator Olly Smith is from another planet and thinks the customer is always right, even if they do want a Sauvignon Blanc with their steak.

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Carol Emmas - Skalli in Sète

Published:  07 May, 2009

From Châteauneuf-du-Pape we travel to Sète in the Langeudoc, for a tasting of all wines under the Skalli range with winemaker Laurent Sauvage.

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All water is not equal, says Noura's Nicolas Angelina

Published:  06 May, 2009

Noura's Nicolas Angelina discovers there's more to water than meets the eye

 

 

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Maison Trimbach joins Enotria

Published:  28 April, 2009

Maison Trimbach, one of Alsace's most famous wine producers has announced it is joining agents Enotria's portfolio from May 1 in a move to up its profile in the UK market.

Jean Trimbach, 12th generation of the founding family, said: "We are not in the habit of changing agents - this is the first change for us in 35 years. But we saw in Enotria the capability to really develop our On Trade presence in the UK. Enotria's reach, as well as their strong wine credentials, make them an ideal partner for us."

Tim Sykes, Enotria director of buying, added: "Naturally we're absolutely thrilled to be taking on such an iconic supplier - it's a huge honour for us, and really underlines Enotria's credibility as a source of fine wines. Trimbach are listed in every single one of the 26 Michelin 3-starred restaurants in France, and we will be looking to mirror that considerable achievement in the UK. At the same time, there is huge potential to bring Trimbach's wines out to a wider drinking public."

Enotria chief executive, Alison Levett said that the deal was a major coup for the company.

"It's fantastic news - we are truly honoured to be involved with one of the world's greatest white wine producers."

Jean Trimbach will be presenting his wines on Enotria's stand F52 at the London International Wine Fair from May 11-13.

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Carol Emmas -Roaming around the Rhône