France's Languedoc hit by worst floods in 60 years

    Two months of rainfall in just three hours has caused extreme flooding in France's Languedoc region, prompting concerns about damage to vineyards during the 2014 harvest. Image credit: Midi-Libre Officials have declared 73 communes in the Herault area of Languedoc, near to Montpellier, as disaster zones after what weather body Meteo France described as the region's worst flooding for 60 years.

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    California cult winemaker 'improving' after bike crash

    The winemaker and co-owner of highly regarded Sine Qua Non in California remains in hospital after crashing his motorbike, but has shown signs of improvement. Sine Qua Non winemaker Manfred Krankl (Image: Manfred Krankl was seriously hurt after coming off his bike two weeks ago near to the winery, based in Ventura county in the Central Coast American Viticultural Area.

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    Roederer launches first new Champagne 'since 1974'

    Louis Roederer has launched a Brut Nature Champagne from the 2006 vintage in collaboration with artist Philippe Starck. Only around 60,000 bottles of the Brut Nature 2006 ‘Louis Roederer et Philippe Starck’ have been produced, said Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, Roederer’s cellarmaster, during a launch event in central London last night. A single bottle is expected to cost around €70.

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    Penfolds owner Treasury sees takeover bids collapse

    Takeover offers valuing Treasury Wine Estates at A$3.2bn have collapsed, leaving the Penfolds and Wolf Blass owner's current leadership to find a way to improve financial results. Treasury's share price on the Australian stock exchange plunged after it announced that the two takeover offers it had received would go no further. The group's shares finished Monday (29 September) at A$4.

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    Jefford on Monday: A Label Drinker Comes Out

    I've never taken part in a true blind tasting. Have you? It would, I think, mean sitting in a cubicle in an anonymous research laboratory staffed by strangers. Wine samples would emerge through a hatch. We'd write a description of the wine, provide answers to a few questions, or score what we’d tasted according to a number of different parameters. Then go home.

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    Central London winery to make English wine

    London Cru, the winery in the heart of the UK capital, is to make its first English wine from the 2014 vintage after being impressed with the quality of this year's harvest. London Cru's winemaker, Gavin MoneryLondon Cru has arranged to buy 3,000 kilos of Bacchus grapes from Sandhurst Vineyards in Kent, southern England, which should be enough to produce around 2,000 bottles of still wine.

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    Cru Bourgeois chateaux back new quality grades

    A majority of Cru Bourgeois chateaux have voted in favour of a plan that could sub-divide the classification into different quality tiers. Chateau Le Boscq, one of the 267 Cru Bourgeois estates for the 2012 vintage. Image credit: DourtheCru Bourgeois members were asked their opinion on the way forward at a general meeting last week.

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    Hospices de Beaune winemaker Roland Masse to retire

    The winemaker and manager of Domaine des Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, Roland Masse, is set to retire after the 2014 vintage. Masse, who will turn 61 in November, will complete his 15th and final vintage for the annual Hospices de Beaune auction this year, a spokeswoman for the domaine confirmed to

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    French police investigate harvest worker 'abuse' near Champagne vineyards

    French police have launched a criminal investigation after finding 248 Polish immigrants being kept in 'exploitative' conditions in one house and thought to be destined to work the Champagne harvest. The workers were found in a house in Fleury-la-Riviere, in the Marne area of France, with 12 people crammed into dormitory-style bedrooms designed for four.

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    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars opens $7m visitor centre

    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars has opened a $7m visitor centre that allows tourists to sample wines while looking out across the vineyard that delivered the estate's victory against Bordeaux in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting.

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    Burgundy exports suffer from 'lack of availability'

    The latest Burgundy export figures suggest the region's wines are becoming harder for consumers to find and there are fears that prices have risen too strongly. Burgundy wine exports dropped by 12% in volume for the first seven months of 2014, versus the same period of last year, according to Burgundy trade body BIVB.

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