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News Briefs for May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

•Musician Post Malone is launching a new French rosé, Maison No. 9, with E.&J. Gallo handling distribution. Malone developed the brand in partnership with Global Brand Equities proprietor James Morrissey and London Entertainment founder Dre London. A blend of 45% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, and 15% Merlot, Maison No. 9 will be available nationwide in 750-ml. ($22), 1.5-liter ($45), and 3-liter ($90) formats and is designated as Méditerranée IGP.

•Bordeaux’s Château Climens is introducing its first dry wine in the U.S. market, imported by Vineyard Brands. The newcomer, Asphodèle, retails at $42 a 750-ml. and was made from 100% Semillon, with Climens proprietor Berenice Lurton consulting with Sancerre winemaker Pascal Jolivet on the project. 12,000 bottles were produced for the 2018 vintage. A premier cru of Sauternes and Barsac under the Classification of 1855, Climens has 75 acres of vineyards planted to Semillon. It joined the Vineyard Brands portfolio in the U.S. last year.

•San Francisco-based Hotaling & Co. has added Convite Mezcal to its portfolio. Hotaling will bring three of Convite’s agave spirits to the U.S.: Mezcal Espadín Esencial ($45/40% abv); Mezcal Espadín-Madrecuishe Blend, a $70 bottling at 42% abv made from Espadín and wild-grown Madrecuishe agaves; and Mezcal Coyote, a $160 bottling made from 12-year-old wild-grown Coyote agave that’s bottled at 46% abv. The spirits are available now in New York, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Georgia.

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