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News Briefs for September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

•Wilson Daniels is adding the Bordeaux wines of Edmond de Rothschild Heritage to its portfolio, effective this month. Edmond de Rothschild’s Bordeaux properties include Chateau Clarke and Château Malmaison on the Left Bank, and Château des Laurets, located in the Right Bank’s Puisseguin Saint Emilion appellation. Edmond de Rothschild’s total portfolio—which also includes wines from Spain, New Zealand, Argentina, and South Africa—totals about 3.5 million bottles annually.

•Bacardi is relaunching Grey Goose La Vanille in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years. The 40%-abv spirit is made with flavor derived from vanilla from Madagascar and has no added sugar. Grey Goose La Vanille will begin rolling out this month and will be available through the holiday season across the U.S., retailing for $30 a 750-ml. Last year, Grey Goose depleted 2.2 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Champagne Henriot has introduced a new vintage Brut Champagne and prestige cuvée. The latter, Cuvée Hemera 2005, is 50-50 blend of Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay aged for a minimum of 12 years on the lees. The prestige cuvée will retail for $200. Champagne Henriot Vintage 2008 Brut is a 50-50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards, aged for at least six years. This release celebrates the Champagne house’s 200th vintage bottling and will retail for $100. Maisons & Domaines Henriot America imports the brand.

•California-based importer Infinium Spirits has named Daniel Walker as president, effective today. Walker, a 20-year industry veteran, has been with Infinium parent Young’s Market Co. since 2010, working in strategic retail programming, business development, and finance. His most recent position there was executive vice president, finance. Walker worked at Diageo from 2002-2010 and at The Seagram Co. prior to that. He replaces previous Infinium president Steve Brecher. Infinium’s portfolio includes Seagram’s Vodka, Templeton Rye, Fernet Branca, and Malfy gin, among others.

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