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News Briefs for April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019

•Burgundy vintners banded together during the long nights of April 4 and 5 and again over the weekend of April 13 to fight a potentially damaging spring frost. In some vineyards, countermeasures or good luck prevented extensive harm. In others, young tender buds were badly damaged. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•The Fladgate Partnership has announced six 2017 vintage Ports to be released in the fall of 2019. The group’s Taylor Fladgate, Croft, Fonseca, and Krohn Port are among the houses that will release vintage offerings this year, including two old vine bottlings. Taylor Fladgate will release two vintage Ports: an old vine Vargellas Vinha Velha retailing at $275 a 750-ml., and an eponymous offering at $120. Croft will also release two vintage bottlings for 2017, a standard expression that will retail at $100 and a Serikos at $225. Fonseca and Krohn will each release one 2017 vintage Port positioned at $120 and $90, respectively. Fladgate’s Ports are handled by Kobrand in the U.S.

•Frederick Wildman & Sons has added Gascony’s Domaine Tariquet to its import portfolio. Tariquet’s range includes white blend Domaine Tariquet Classic, as well as a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé de Pressée, and the off-dry Gros Manseng-based Premières Grives. Those offerings retail between $10-$20 a 750-ml. Tariquet is also known for its Bas-Armagnacs, which are positioned from $40-$190 and include a VS, VSOP, XO, Blanche Armagnac, and vintage 1995. Tariquet joins Famille Hugel, Hecht & Bannier, Compagnie Medocaine, and Christian Moreau Pere & Fils, among others, in Wildman’s French stable.

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