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News Briefs for May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has debuted a new limited edition wine under its Josh Cellars brand. Josh Cellars Military Salute Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi Reserve will be available through September 5 in retailers across the U.S. The company will donate $1 from every bottle sold to Operation Gratitude, an organization set up to deliver care packages to U.S. service members stationed at home and abroad. Josh Cellars Military Salute Edition Cabernet Sauvignon is now available nationally, retailing at $20 a 750-ml. Josh Cellars, an Impact “Hot Brand,” surged 26% to 2.6 million cases in the U.S. last year.

•After a career spanning more than 70 vintages, Bordeaux winemaking icon André Lurton has died. He was 94. Lurton and his siblings Lucien, Simone and Dominique, together with their many children, created one of the largest wine dynasties in Bordeaux. Today the family owns more than two dozen estates. André owned 1,480 acres of vineyards and ten châteaus. His wine company produced 4 million bottles a year, focusing on delivering affordable crowd pleasers. Wine Spectator has more on Lurton’s life and career.

•The GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky has released Grandeur Batch 10, a new limited edition offering. The 50.1% abv whisky was matured for 27 years in a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry casks. Only 240 bottles will be released to the U.S. market, retailing at $700 a 750-ml. In total, only 2,293 bottles will be available globally. The GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 10 will be available by the end of the month. The brand is part of the Brown-Forman portfolio.

•Haiti-based Rhum Barbancourt has partnered with wine and spirits brand-builder BCI, which will represent and advise the brand on its activities in the U.S. and Caribbean markets. BCI will support the growth of Barbancourt alongside the brand’s exclusive U.S. importer Crillon Importers, founded by the late Michel Roux, which has handled the brand for two decades. BCI is led by drinks industry veteran Jean-Francois Bonneté. Its portfolio also includes Bache-Gabrielsen Cognac, Coquerel Calvados, and Normindia Gin, among others.

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