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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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