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News Briefs for April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013

•Toronto-based Corby Distilleries, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, has been granted exclusive rights to represent The Wine Group’s portfolio in Canada for the next five years. The deal is effective April 1 in Quebec and May 15 for the other provinces. The Wine Group’s brands include Cupcake Vineyards, Big House, Cocobon, Concannon Vineyard, Grayfox Vineyards and Mogen David Wine Co. Corby Distilleries’ premium wine portfolio also includes Jacob’s Creek, Stoneleigh, Graffigna and Campo Viejo, among other brands.

•New York-based Cognac One has added Champagne A.R. Lenoble to its import portfolio. Starting next month, Cognac One will release four of A.R. Lenoble’s offerings into the New York market, including the A.R. Lenoble Cuvée Intense Brut ($47 a 750-ml.), A.R. Lenoble Brut Nature ($52), A.R. Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs ($56) and A.R. Lenoble Rosé Terroirs ($62). Established in 1920, A.R. Lenoble is an independent, family-run winery with 18 hectares within Champagne’s Chouilly and Bisseuil villages. The estate joins Ayala Champagne, Xavier Flouret Wines, Cave de Tain, Agricola Castellana, Gadais Tourmaline, Dereszia Tokaji and Baron Edmond de Rothschild in the Cognac One stable.

•William Grant & Sons USA has released a limited edition vintage cuvee, Reserve Jean de Lillet 2009, to Maison Lillet’s range. Priced at $39.99 a 750-ml., only 1,000 bottles of the reserve will be available in the U.S. beginning April 30 through Astorwines.com, as well as select retailers in New York and San Francisco. Jean de Lillet is a blend of 2009 vintage wine from Sauternes with orange liqueur, and has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. It can be consumed immediately but also ages well (recommended aging time is 10-15 years), according to William Grant. Established in 1872 by Paul and Raymond Lillet, the brand’s range also includes three other varieties—Blanc, Rouge and Rosé.

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