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Terlato Adds Bordeaux’s Chateau Timberlay To Portfolio

November 8, 2011

Terlato Wines has announced an exclusive, long-term agreement that will see it handle Bordeaux brand Chateau Timberlay in the U.S., beginning in January with the 2009 vintage. Chateau Timberlay’s wines are made by the Robert Giraud family from a sustainably grown, 309-acre vineyard on the Right Bank. Retailing at $20 a 750-ml., they include a Bordeaux Superior Rouge (70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc), a Bordeaux Blanc (50% Semillon, 50% Sauvignon Blanc) and a Rosé (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot).

“Americans are exploring Bordeaux beyond the classified growths,” said William Terlato, president and CEO of Terlato Wines. “As an estate winery, Chateau Timberlay is at the forefront of a movement that’s bringing new life to the category.” Chateau Timberlay produces around 70,000 cases annually. It has been essentially absent from the U.S. market since ending its relationship with former importer W.J. Deutsch & Sons in the early 1990s, Terlato told Shanken News Daily.

After falling 27% in 2009 during the worst of the economic downturn, Bordeaux exports to the U.S. rose 6% to 1.36 million cases last year.

 

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