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News Briefs for December 17, 2018

December 17, 2018

•Cigar Aficionado’s countdown of the top cigars of 2018 continues today with the unveiling of the year’s No.-10, -9, and -8 cigars. Tomorrow, the magazine will reveal cigars Nos.-7, -6, and -5. On Wednesday it will publish cigars Nos.-4, -3, and -2, followed by the Cigar of the Year on Thursday. Cigar Aficionado’s full Top 25 Cigars of 2018 will be named on Friday, December 21.

•Patrick Léon, one of France’s most influential winemakers and owner of Château Les Trois Croix, in Bordeaux’s Fronsac region, died on December 11. Léon had been battling cancer for more than a decade, and developed an infection a few days before his death. He was 75 years old and still an active winemaker. The Bordeaux native enjoyed a career that spanned 50 years and four continents, crafting wines at iconic estates like Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Lascombes in Bordeaux, Château d’Esclans in Provence, Almaviva in Chile, and Opus One in Napa Valley. Wine Spectator has more on Léon’s life and career.

•Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet is extending with a new Gran Cabernet Sauvignon. Retailing at $25, the new offering joins a Chardonnay ($20) and Malbec ($25) in Bousquet’s top-tier Gran lineup, which was formerly known as Grande Reserve. Now available nationwide, the upscale extension is 100% organically-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged twelve months in French oak. Domaine Bousquet is imported by Miami-based WISD Importing.

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