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News Briefs for September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

•Diageo Chateau & Estate has added three new Burgundy domaines to its imported wine portfolio: Domaine Mouton, Domaine Pierre Damoy and Château de Beauregard. Mouton, composed of 12 hectares (29 acres) in the Givry appellation of the Côte Chalonnaise, produces Givry AC reds and whites, as well as reds from Givry premiers crus. Damoy, based in the Côte de Nuits, crafts wines including Clos Tamisot, Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, Clos de Bèze Grand Cru and Chambertin Grand Cru from its 11 hectares (27 acres) of vineyards, and buys grapes to produce Marsannay Les Longeroies and Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice. Château de Beauregard, a 500-year-old, 43-hectare (106-acre) estate, produces Mâcon-Fuissé, Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint-Véran wines, as well as Beaujolais crus.

•Pernod Ricard has unveiled a new range of ultra-luxury 50-year-old single malt Scotch whiskies, The Glenlivet Winchester Collection. Debuting with a Vintage 1964 Glenlivet priced at $25,000 a bottle, the Winchester series—named for Glenlivet master distiller Alan Winchester—will follow with further releases in the years ahead, including a Vintage 1966 that will be the next in the line. 100 bottles of the 1964 vintage are being released worldwide. According to Impact Databank, The Glenlivet grew 8% globally to 1 million cases last year.

•Bacardi Ltd.’s John Dewar & Sons Ltd. is set to introduce its Last Great Malt collection, featuring a range of new, never-before-released single malts. Set to debut this week at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival, the range includes offerings from Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla, which are to roll out in phases, available in a complete set of five or a variety of combinations. The collection will initially be available across 10 key global markets, including the U.S. and Canada.

•Pernod Ricard is launching its Wyborowa vodka brand in the U.S. through New Jersey-based Crillon Importers. The brand, which is among the market leaders in its native Poland, will be available stateside in a long-neck bottle and newly designed ripped-paper label in navy blue and silver. Wyborowa has grown markedly of late, adding 300,000 cases to reach 1.9 million cases globally in 2013, according to Impact Databank. Crillon Importers is led by Michel Roux, best known for building Absolut vodka—now also a part of Pernod’s global stable—in the U.S. market in the 1980s.


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