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News Briefs for February 11, 2019

February 11, 2019

•A new permanent addition to the Four Roses family, a 20-year-old bottling of Buffalo Trace’s Eagle Rare, three new Japanese whiskies exclusive to the U.S., and more new releases are profiled in Whisky Advocate’s latest whisk(e)y roundup. Check out their website for more.

•The shareholders of Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have appointed Perrine Fenal to replace Henry-Frédéric Roch as co-director together with Aubert de Villaine. Fenal is the daughter of Lalou Bize-Leroy, who served as co-director from 1974 until 1992 and now heads Domaine Leroy. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Delicato Family Wines has launched Three Finger Jack East Side Ridge, a new Cabernet Sauvignon. Retailing at $22 750-ml., Three Finger Jack is sourced from vineyards on the east side of Lodi, with its name referencing a legendary outlaw who roamed the Sierra Foothills of California during the Gold Rush. Three Finger Jack East Side Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is rolling out nationally.

•Foley Family Wines has acquired New Zealand’s Mt. Difficulty wine estate for NZ$52 million ($35m). According to the Otago Daily Times, the purchase includes just under 200 hectares (494 acres) of land in New Zealand’s Central Otago region, where the winery produces Pinot Noir, Riesling, and other varietals. The initial price was NZ$55 million ($23.6m) though the price was dropped after Foley committed to NZ$3 million ($2m) in expansion and investment. The purchase was first proposed in late 2017, but did not receive Overseas Investment Office approval until recently.

•Family-owned Champagne house AR Lenoble has appointed Massanois Imports as the bubbly brand’s exclusive distributor for New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. Effective immediately, the New York-based importer and distributor will handle the portfolio of wines produced from Lenoble’s 18 hectares (44 acres) of estate vineyards, the majority of which are located in Chouilly in the Côte des Blancs.

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