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News Briefs for August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017

•Marchesi Antinori has acquired 100% ownership of Chile’s Viña Haras de Pirque from the Mattei family, which had previously been a 50% shareholder. Financial details weren’t disclosed. Viña Haras de Pirque includes 247 acres of vineyards planted to Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in prime terroir in the Maipo Valley. Wine Spectator has more.

•William Grant & Sons has extended The Balvenie single malt Scotch with a new limited-edition peated offering. Made with 100% peated barley, The Balvenie Peat Week is a 2002 vintage whisky, aged 14 years. It’s non-chill filtered and was matured in American oak casks. The 48.3%-abv expression is currently available across the U.S. and retails at $99 a 750-ml. The Balvenie Peat Week joins the DoubleWood 12-year-old ($55), 14-year-old Caribbean Cask ($76), DoubleWood 17-year-old ($150) and PortWood 21-year-old ($220) labels, as well as a variety of limited releases, in the Balvenie portfolio. The Balvenie surged 13% to 100,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Moët Hennessy-owned Glenmorangie has released Astar, a special non-age statement whisky, for the first time since 2008. The 52.5%-abv spirit is aged in specially made oak casks sourced from Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. The casks for Astar—Scots Gaelic for journey—were seasoned two years in the open air before coopering, charring and seasoning with Bourbon for another four years. Glenmorangie Astar retails at a suggested price of $99 and will be available nationally in limited quanitities. Glenmorangie grew 6% to 135,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Palm Bay International has added Vanderpump Rosé to its import portfolio. Created by TV personality Lisa Vanderpump and her family, Vanderpump Rosé is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah sourced from the Côtes de Provence. The new entry marks the Vanderpump family’s first foray into wine. Vanderpump Rosé is available nationwide, priced at $19.99 a 750-ml.

•Champagne Laurent-Perrier is introducing a new addition to its range, La Cuvée NV. The newcomer is a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Meunier that is aged a minimum of four years. La Cuvée NV ($50), which has nearly double the percentage of Chardonnay of the typical Champagne, will replace Laurent-Perrier’s Brut NV in the lineup. Concurrent with the launch, Laurent-Perrier has debuted new circular labeling across its entire range, which says “creates a unified, easily recognizable image for the house.” Laurent-Perrier sells about 30,000 cases annually in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

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