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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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