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News Briefs for September 26, 2017

September 26, 2017

•Renowned Bordeaux vintner Christian Moueix has added to his collection of Right Bank properties, buying St.-Emilion’s Clos La Madeleine and Château Magnan La Gaffelière from Société Générale, a French multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Paris. Société Générale had been managing the two estates for several dozen individual shareholders, each of whom had to sign off on the sale. The deal was finalized yesterday; the sale prices were not disclosed. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Diageo is launching a special edition of Johnnie Walker Black Label in collaboration with the new film Blade Runner 2049. Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a limited edition developed by master blender Jim Beveridge along with the film’s director Denis Villeneuve. The new whisky, which features futuristic packaging, is at 49% abv and retails at $90 a bottle. A total of 39,000 bottles of The Director’s Cut were produced. Johnnie Walker Black Label was also featured in the original Blade Runner film 35 years ago.

•Ireland’s Dingle Brewing Co. has put its County Kerry-based brewery site—which includes a permit for construction of a new Irish whiskey distillery—on the auction block. In addition to the site and distillery planning permission, the sale also comprises the international registered trademarks for a variety of Irish whiskey brands, including Captain Farrell’s, Mount Brandon, Ireland’s Ancient East, Shackleton’s, Wild Atlantic and Skellig Rock. Meanwhile, Dingle Brewing, which is known for its Tom Crean’s Irish Lager label, is set to relocate to a larger production facility.

•Heineken USA’s Strongbow cider brand has debuted Artisanal Blend, the fifth flavor extension in its portfolio. Three heirloom apple varieties—Dabinett, Major and Harry Master’s Jersey—were mixed to create the new 6%-abv cider, which is available nationwide in 6-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles, as well as in variety 12- and 24-packs. Limited edition 4-packs of mini cans retail priced at $1 accompanied the launch. The Strongbow lineup also includes Gold Apple, Cherry Blossom, Honey and Orange Blossom flavors.

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