News Briefs for October 16, 2019October 16, 2019
•Diageo has unveiled its Special Releases collection of Scotch whiskies for 2019. The group includes eight cask strength single malts selected by master blender Dr. Craig Wilson. This year’s Special Releases include Cragganmore 12-year-old, Dalwhinnie 30-year-old, Talisker 15-year-old, Singleton 18-year-old, Pittyvaich 19-year-old, Mortlach 26-year-old, Lagavulin 12-year-old, and Cardhu 14-year-old. The collection is rolling out to select retailers this fall.
•The Chanel group, owned by the Wertheimer family, has expanded its wine holdings in France, purchasing Domaine de l’ile on the island of Porquerolles in Provence from Sébastien Le Ber and his family. The estate includes 75 acres of organically farmed vines, and annual production is approximately 15,000 cases. The company already owns three estates in Bordeaux: Château Berliquet, Château Canon, and Château Rauzan-Ségla, as well as St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery in California’s Napa Valley. The purchase price was not disclosed. Wine Spectator has the full story.
•Moët & Chandon has introduced its latest marketing campaign, “Nectar of the Culture,” alongside a special edition of its Nectar Imperial rosé. The new Nectar Imperial rosé comes packaged in a rose-gold bottle and is available at select retail accounts, priced at $60 a 750-ml. Created in collaboration with photographer Jonathan Mannion, the Nectar of the Culture campaign will celebrate people and places that have pushed popular culture forward. The first honoree is New York-based fashion designer LaQuan Smith, with others to follow.
•BJ’s Wholesale Club is launching same-day delivery of wine, spirits, and beer in several new states including North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts in its delivery footprint. In Ohio, meanwhile, BJ’s will deliver beer, wine, and low-alcohol spirits. The retailer, which operates 217 clubs in 16 states, recently debuted a new line of exclusive wines under the Wellsley Farms brand, including Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Pinot Grigio.
•Vineyard Brands has added the Loire Valley’s J. de Villebois to its import portfolio. With wines ranging from entry-level Vin de France offerings to single vineyard Sancerre, J. de Villebois owns vineyards in Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Menetou Salon, and Touraine and is known for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. In addition to the Loire, Vineyards Brands’ French stable includes offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis, the Rhône, Alsace, and Southern France.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.