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News Briefs for October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

•Hennessy has introduced a new limited edition Cognac, Master Blender’s Selection N°3. Comprised of 20 rare eaux-de-vie that are at least seven years old, the luxury blend is bottled at 43% abv and is rolling out nationally, retailing at $110 a 750-ml. The third installment in Hennessy’s Master Blender’s Selection series, the new expression is the first offering from eighth-generation master blender Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, who took over the role from his uncle Yann Fillioux last year.

•Edrington-owned The Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky has revamped its portfolio, replacing its former Vintages and Reserves ranges with a new collection of age-stated single malts, all matured in Sherry-seasoned oak casks. The Glenrothes’s new lineup includes a 10-year-old (40% abv/$45), 12-year-old (40% abv/$55), Whisky Maker’s Cut (48.8% abv/$75), 18-year-old (43% abv/$130), and 25-year-old (43% abv/$500). Called the Soleo Collection—after the process of sun-drying grapes used in Sherry winemaking—the new Glenrothes malts are rolling out nationally. The Glenrothes was up 12.5% to 14,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Italy’s Podere & Cantine Oddero has added to its already impressive lineup of vineyards with the purchase of 1.8 acres in the Monvigliero cru in the Barolo region. The price was not disclosed. Isabella Oddero told Wine Spectator that an agreement to purchase the parcel was made in July 2017. It won’t be finalized under Italian law until the end of 2019, but because Oddero took possession of the parcel in 2017 and harvested the grapes that year, the deal was announced this week. It’s a south-facing parcel in the center of the Monvigliero hill, a cru that is increasingly recognized as one of the best in Barolo. Oddero produces more than 10,000 cases a year. Wine Spectator has more.

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