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News Briefs for June 22, 2018

June 25, 2018

•San Francisco’s Hotaling & Co. has partnered with Pernod Ricard’s Canadian subsidiary Corby Spirit and Wine, agreeing to handle the company’s Northern Border Collection portfolio in the U.S. Showcasing several premium Canadian whiskies, the Northern Border lineup includes the Pike Creek and Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky brands—both of which have previously been handled in the U.S. by Pernod—as well as Gooderham & Worts Four-Grain Whisky. In addition to the whiskies, Hotaling & Co. will also add Corby’s Ungava gin brand, which is made with rose hips, crowberry, and Labrador tea, among other botanicals, to its stable.

•Champagne Bollinger, imported by Vintus, is set to release the 25th edition of its recently disgorged vintage Champagne this September. Bollinger’s R.D. 2004 is an Extra Brut blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay that was sourced from Grand (88%) and Premier (12%) crus. The wine has aged for four times as long as the appellation requires and was disgorged this year. Champagne Bollinger R.D. 2004 will be available nationwide for a suggested price of $300 a 750-ml. Bollinger was up 3% to 25,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Domaine Select Wine & Spirits has acquired the Atlántico rum brand from founders Aleco Azqueta and Brandon Lieb for an undisclosed sum. Launched in 2008, Atlántico is made in the Dominican Republic and competes in the super-premium segment. The brand’s product line, consisting of Platino, Reserva, and Gran Reserva rums, is available throughout the U.S. and nearly a dozen international markets. Domaine Select say future plans for the brand include the launch of new limited-edition offerings.

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