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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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