News Briefs for October 15, 2019October 15, 2019
•Maison Louis Roederer has named industry veteran Nicole Carter as president of its Russian River Valley-based Merry Edwards Winery. Carter was most recently chief marketing officer and director of winemaking for Hess Family Wine Estates. Prior to that she spent two decades at Treasury Wine Estates, where she served across a range of executive management roles. Roederer acquired Merry Edwards, which produces around 28,000 cases annually under its namesake brand, for an undisclosed sum earlier this year. Gregory Balogh, president and CEO of Roederer’s U.S. business, said Carter’s “experience in profitably building luxury brands will be an invaluable asset as Maison Louis Roederer embarks on this new journey in Sonoma County.”
•Kobrand Corp. has been named exclusive U.S. importer for Provence-based Aix rosé, effective January 1. Retailing at $23 a 750-ml., Aix will also be sold in a selection of large formats like magnum (1.5-liter) and Nebuchadnezzar (15-liter). Aix producer Maison Saint Aix is one of the largest domains in the AOP Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence area, with 185 acres planted to Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault.
•Cava brand Juvé & Camps is releasing the first certified organic vintage of its flagship label. Gran Juvé & Camps 2015 is a Gran Reserva Brut Cava made from organic Xarel·lo, Macabeo, Parellada, and Chardonnay grapes from the company’s Espiells estate in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia in the Penedès region. It was aged for 42 months on the lees. Producing approximately 250,000 cases annually, Juvé & Camps is handled in the U.S. by Winebow’s Mundovino division.
•Chivas Regal has launched a new limited offering in the U.S., Chivas 13 Manchester United Special Edition. Retailing at $35 a 750-ml., the newcomer is a 13-year-old blended Scotch whisky finished in American rye casks. It pays tribute to the Manchester United soccer team’s record 13 Premier League title wins while under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. Chivas slipped 5.8% to 286,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.