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News Briefs for December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015

•González Byass is introducing Nomad Outland, a new Sherry-barrel-aged whisky. Set to debut nationwide in January, Nomad Outland is made with a blend of 5- to 8-year-old Scottish whiskies, which are matured in Sherry butts in Scotland for three years. The liquid is later transferred to the González Byass cellars in Jerez, Spain, where it’s aged for a minimum of 12 months. The new entry retails at around $44.99.

•Demand for Maker’s Mark continues to grow strongly—increasing 7% to 1.34 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank—and the distillery has been trying to keep pace. A second set of stills, a new artificial lake for secure water supply, new warehouses: it’s been busy outside of Loretto for the past 10 years.Whisky Advocate has an update on Maker’s expansion.

•New Jersey-based Royal Wine Corp. has launched a kosher version of Barons de Rothschild Brut Cuvée Champagne. A collaboration among Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Compagnie Vinicole Edmond de Rothschild, the Brut Cuvée is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. Barons de Rothschild Champagne’s non-kosher version is handled by Pasternak Wine Imports.

•France’s Labrune family has acquired 100% of Bordeaux’s SAS Château de La Dauphine from its previous owner, the Halley family. Château de La Dauphine operates a 40-hectare (99-acre) vineyard, which produces about 200,000 bottles a year of biodynamic wines, in the AOC Fronsac located in Bordeaux’s Libourne region. FCB SA, the Labrune family’s personal holding company, is also the majority shareholder of French tech group Cegedim.

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