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Champagne Jacquart Appoints New Distro

Champagne Jacquart Appoints New Distro

Maison Jacquart, part of the Alliance Champagne group, has appointed Gonzalez Byass UK to distribute its products from April 1. Laurent Reinteau, managing director of Maison Jacquart, said: “We are delighted to be working with Gonzalez Byass in the UK. Champagne Jacquart has a vision for creating a great brand in the UK market and Gonzalez Byass is the perfect partner for realising that vision.” Martin Skelton, managing director of Gonzalez Byass UK, said: “This is fantastic news for our company. We have been very successful at developing our own premium wine and sherry business in recent years, as well as building a portfolio of high quality agency brands including Quinta do Noval and Jackson Estate. We always had a desire to add Champagne to this list.” [...more]

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Hine Rolls Out Antique Cognac

Hine Rolls Out Antique Cognac

Hine is to roll our its new Antique XO Premier Cru cognac to markets around the world. Hine Antique XO was originally created in 1920 by Georges Hine. 'Antique' was unusual at this time as it was a blend of old cognacs when young cognac was the fashion. Georges's personal nickname for the casks of mature vintage cognacs was "antiques". The bottle features a pewter effect plaque, decorated with silk-screening and embossed branding and it is closed with a matching stopper. The new Hine is presented in an embossed red and grey gift box which slides open. [...more]

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CIVC Unveils Lighter Bottle

CIVC Unveils Lighter Bottle

The champagne generic body CIVC today announced the launch of a new lighter weight champagne bottle. Reducing the weight of a standard 75cl glass champagne bottle from 900g to 835g, the Comité Champagne predicts the move will cut the region's carbon dioxide output by 8,000 tonnes a year - equivalent, it says, to the emissions of 4,000 cars. Speaking at the annual Champagne Bureau tasting in Whitehall, London, CIVC head of viticulture Laurent Panigai said that the advantages of the new bottle include: "No significant change in shape; proven pressure resistance; no change required for cellar equipment; quick to implement; and a 1% reduction in greenhouse gases." [...more]

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Counterfeit Bollinger in London

Counterfeit Bollinger in London

Bottles of counterfeit Bollinger Special Cuvée champagne have been appearing in the London area. Champagne Bollinger's UK agent Mentzendorff & Co has confirmed that the first incident was shortly before Christmas and it has since been investigating with Trading Standards. "To date the quantity of stock involved is very small and no existing trade customers of ours have been approached," said Mentzendorff's managing director Andrew Hawes, who reassured regular customers that they could not mistake the fakes for the real product. The counterfeit bottles are cheap sparkling wine that have had their labels replaced with "poor" photocopies of the Bollinger label. [...more]

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Moët and Chandon To Sponsor Oscars

Moët and Chandon To Sponsor Oscars

Champagne Moët and Chandon is to sponsor Sky's coverage of the 82nd Oscar Academy Awards for the second consecutive year. The partnership will incorporate branding on all live broadcast coverage and support programming across broadcast, online and on-demand viewing. This association is part of Moët's global celebration and cinema platform that was launched in March 2009 with the unveiling of Scarlett Johansson as the face of the brand. This collaboration marked the first Hollywood celebrity ambassador of a champagne brand. [...more]

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Clicquot Cave Privée shows Perfect Timing

Clicquot Cave Privée shows Perfect Timing

Veuve Clicquot has taken the uncertainty out of the process of ageing vintage champagnes with its recently launched Cave Privée Collection. The February launch is the first of a limited edition range of selected vintages to be released when cellar master Dominique Demarville is happy that they have reached their peak of condition and are ready for drinking. The inaugural selection consists of a 20 year-old Brut Millésime 1990, the 1980 vintage and rare Rosés from 1989, 1978 and 1975. Each is available in 75cl bottles and larger formats. [...more]

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Champagne Gosset Buys premises in Epernay

Champagne Gosset Buys premises in Epernay

Champagne Gosset has announced the acquisition of 'substantial premises' in Epernay. The company plans to move its administration to this site. Domaine Gosset, in Rue Malakoff is the former mansion of the Trouillard family. It was previously owned by Chateau Malakoff and has always had strong associations with champagne. The building dates back to the 19th Century and has 5km of cellars up to 30 metres in depth. There are full production facilities on site - from the cuverie to packing lines. The recently installed fermentation room has a capacity of 28,000 hectolitres. The building is situated behind iron gates in 2 hectares of walled parkland. [...more]

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Korbel California Champagne Posts Strong 2009 Sales

Korbel California Champagne Posts Strong 2009 Sales

Korbel Champagne Cellars ended 2009 on a high note by posting annual sales based on shipments of 1,331,000 cases, an increase of 53,300 cases - or 4.2 percent - over 2008. Preliminary analysis shows Korbel California Champagne sales growth to be broad based, with significant increases in most major markets, including New York, Florida, Texas and California. The numbers reflect both the popularity of Korbel California Champagne and the strength of the United States' champagne/sparkling wine market. Produced using the premium, time-honored méthode champenoise, in which second fermentation in the bottle imparts fine, persistent bubbles, Korbel California Champagne is the United States' #1 premium champagne/sparkling wine. With 15 percent of the market, it outsells its nearest U.S. competitor by nearly two to one. American champagne sales have grown every year for the past seven years, a trend that is projected to continue well into the new decade. [...more]

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Pernod Ricard Appoints New Channel Directors

Pernod Ricard Appoints New Channel Directors

Pernod Ricard UK has appointed two new channel directors for spirits and wine/champagne. Nick Yates has been named channel director, on-trade spirits, responsible for the company's on-trade commercial spirit strategies across route to market, managed retail, independent and 'prestige' outlets. Yates, formally business unit controller, has 11 years of commercial experience at Pernod Ricard UK and will report directly to the company's newly appointed commercial director for spirits, Simon van Moppes. [...more]

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Champagne Bureau Launches Campaign To protect Wine Origins

Champagne Bureau Launches Campaign To protect Wine Origins

The US Champagne Bureau has launched an ad campaign to persuade lawmakers to protect place names on wines sold in the US. "Unmask the Truth" aims to rally consumers and features a mask over a sparkling wine bottle mislabelled "American Champagne". It asks consumers to voice their support for truthful wine labels that ensure consumers know where their wine comes from. Champagne Bureau director Sam Heitner said: "With consumers paying even more attention to how they spend their hard-earned dollars, we believe it is equally important that US consumers be clearly informed about where their wines come from. [...more]

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Lidl Leads The Way on Champagne Deals

Lidl Leads The Way on Champagne Deals

A Champagne price war looks set to break out pre-Christmas, with Lidl the first supermarket to make a sub-£10 offer. The German discount chain has Comte de Brismand Brut on sale at £9.99, with The Co-op not far behind with Veuve Monnier Brut NV at £12 while Booths has Anais Berry Brut NV on half price at £12.99. Tesco's Francois Dubois Brut NV is half price at £14.50, and Marks & Spencer's popular Oudinot Brut NV is down £5 to £14.99. Not to be outdone, Sainsbury's has both Charles Lafitte Brut NV and Etienne Dumont Brut NV at half price, making them £14.99 and £14 respectively. [...more]

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Diageo Eyes Moet Hennessy

Diageo Eyes Moet Hennessy

Diageo boss Paul Walsh has admitted that the UK drinks multinational is keen to buy Moët Hennessy - but only if the price is right. Rumours have been rife since April that Diageo, which already holds a 34% stake in its French rival, would be interested in acquiring the remaining 66% of the company. [...more]

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