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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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