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Deutsch Gains U.S. Import Rights To Burgundy’s Cave de Lugny

January 31, 2017

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has added southern Burgundy producer Cave de Lugny to its import portfolio on an exclusive basis. Cave de Lugny, a cooperative covering 250 wine-growing estates and 3,400 acres, controls a third of the production of southern Burgundy and 50% of the total output of the Mâconnais region. In the U.S., where it sells about 45,000 cases annually, the brand was previously handled by Pasternak Wine Imports.

About 90% of Cave de Lugny’s AOC Burgundy Mâconnais wines are unoaked Chardonnay. They include La Cote Blanche Macon-Villages ($12.99), Macon-Lugny Les Charmes ($14.99), Macon-Lugny La Carte ($19.99) and Macon-Lugny Coeur de Charmes ($24.99). According to Impact Databank, Burgundy shipments to the U.S. grew 3% to 930,000 cases in the first nine months of 2016, accounting for nearly 10% of French wine shipments overall.

We’re very bullish about the right appellations in France,” said Peter Deutsch, CEO, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. “Today the wine regions of Mâconnais, Provence and Bordeaux represent the greatest opportunity to meet American consumers’ tastes.” Cave de Lugny joins Andre Lurton, Hob Nob Vineyards and Sauvion et Fils in Deutsch’s existing French wine stable. —Kimberly Tharel

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