• Bordeaux consultant to test oak influence on wine aroma

      Winemakers may gain more influence over aromas in their wines if a new research project led by trained perfumer and winery consultant Alexandre Schmitt goes to plan. Schmitt, whose perfume training and subsequent re-invention in wine has earned him the nickname 'nose of Bordeaux', has started a three-year experiment with barrel maker Charlois on different oak treatments for wine.

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    • 'Biodynamic is the future for Champagne,' says Louis Roederer cellar master

      Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has said he expects more Champagne growers and winemakers to shift to organic and biodynamic methods, because of the benefits in the vineyard and in the glass. The 2014 harvest at Louis Roederer's Champagne vineyards Grapes from biodynamic vineyards help Champagne to express a sense of place, Lecaillon told a masterclass audience at the recent Decant ...

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    • Russia may ban French wine imports in retaliation to sanctions

      Russia's government has raised the possibility of banning imports of French wine in retaliation to economic sanctions, in the same week that officials confiscated 3,000 litres of imported wine because it failed to meet regulations. The lower house of Russia's parliament, the Duma (pictured), is considering imposing a ban on the imports of French wine to Russia.

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  • Trial of 'Champagne Jayne' halted for trademark talks

    Champagne’s regional council is to enter talks with the wine critic known as Champagne Jayne over the future use of her name, after the two parties spent three days arguing in court. Image credit: 'Champagne' Jayne PowellJayne Powell stood trial in Melbourne’s Federal Court this week after the Comite Champagne accused her of trademark infringement.

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  • Champagne houses complain to Bordeaux mayor over 'cremant' claims

    Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppe may have dented his chances of earning French presidential campaign votes in the Champagne region after reportedly promising to serve more local sparkling wine at official functions. Juppe (pictured, centre), who is tipped to be in the running at France’s next presidential election in 2017, has annoyed several Champagne houses following claims that ...

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  • Cru Bourgeois Medoc chateau sold to Chinese investor

    Chateau Preuillac has become the latest Bordeaux wine property acquired by a Chinese investor, after its owner families decided to sell following two difficult vintages. The investor, who has not been named at this stage, finalised a deal to buy 100% of the 30-hectare estate on 3 December. The purchase comes in the same month that Decanter.

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  • Rudy Kurniawan's private cellar could help to repay victims

    A year since Rudy Kurniawan was convicted for mass wine fraud in the US, experts are preparing to enter his private cellar to see if wines can be sold to compensate victims owed nearly $30m. Labels found in Rudy Kurniawan's home after an FBI raid. He printed labels on his computer. Image source: FBI US officials have asked a team at Chai Consulting, the cellar management an ...

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  • Jackson Family Wines buys South African vineyard

    Jackson Family Wines has expanded its recent buying spree beyond US shores by acquiring vineyards in South Africa's Stellenbosch region. A view of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Jackson Family Wines have bought vines in Banghoek Valley.Jackson Family has bought Fijnbosch farm, which includes eight hectares of vines, from the Engelage family for an undisclosed fee, a spokesper ...

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  • Penfolds owner Treasury set to retire 'non-priority' wine brands

    The chief executive of Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates has said that more than a quarter of the firm's wine brands could be 'retired' or put into joint-ventures with other companies. Of Treasury Wine Estates' 80 wine brands, 25 are 'non-priority, commercial brands', Michael Clarke (pictured) told shareholders at the firm's annual general meeting this week.

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  • Russia's currency fall set to cause wine price spike

    Russia's deteriorating economy is likely to mean significantly higher wine prices for consumers, according to its deputy prime minister. Abrau Durso's Pavel Titov says higher costs for imported equipment will push up prices. A rapid devaluation of Russia’s ruble currency, believed to be partly caused by western sanctions, could cause prices of imported wine to rise by as at ...

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  • Crimean winemakers ask Russia for celebratory banknote

    Crimean Winemakers who welcomed the annexation of Crimea by Russia want the country's central bank to print 'commemorative' money with pictures of the territory's vineyards. A design of the banknote, published by Legends of Crimea. The group of producers known as Legends of Crimea has written to the head of Russia's central bank, Elvira Nabiullina, to ask her to create a 20 ...

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  • Champagne UNESCO hopes 'looking good', says official

    Champagne is believed to have enhanced its chances of joining the UNESCO World Heritage list following a cellar tour by members of the voting committee. France’s ambassador to UNESCO, Franck Lalliot, used the 15th Habits de Lumiere festival in Epernay in the heart of Champagne country as an opportune moment to bring eight of his fellow ambassadors from different countries to the region.

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  • Jura wine 'pope' Jacques Puffeney sells off vineyards

    Jura wine veteran Jacques Puffeney has announced that he has sold the vines from his namesake estate to the d’Angerville family of Volnay, as part of a retirement plan. This year's 'percée du vin jaune' festival in Jura. Image credit: Getty/AFPSebastien Bozon. Second image: Jacques Puffeney. Credit: Jacques Puffeney.

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  • Former La Riviere owners to buy classified St Emilion estate

    A year since the helicopter crash that killed James Gregoire of Chateau de La Riviere, his family have honoured one of his final wishes by agreeing to acquire Chateau Ripeau in St Emilion. Harvest at Chateau Ripeau. Image credit: Chateau Ripeau The Gregoires have provisionally agreed to buy the 37-hectare, classified estate for an undisclosed fee.

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  • Small Indian wineries face bankruptcy, says winemaker body

    Dozens of Indian wineries weighed down by debt plan to ask for £20m of government money to help them survive. While wine consumption in India is growing at 30% per year, the state of around 40 small wineries largely based in Maharashtra remains a concern for the industry.The All India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) has said the survival of these wineries is at risk.

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  • Thieves steal 1,800 bottles of Cote Rotie wine

    A family wine estate in the Cote Rotie appellation of the norhern Rhone has had 1,800 bottles of wine worth tens of thousands of euros stolen from its cellars. Thieves broke into the cellars of Domaine Garon in the early hours of Monday morning (7 December). The Garon family has been making wine in the village of Ampuis since the 15th century, with brothers Kevin and Fabien ...

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  • Chinese hotel group to buy 37ha Bordeaux estate

    One of China's largest hotel companies, New Century Tourism Group, has provisionally agreed to buy Chateau de Birot in the Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux appellation, as Chinese investors continue to pursue vineyard deals across France. Christie's Real Estate is understood to have brokered the sale of the 37-hectare property, which is owned by Eric and Helene Fournier-Casteja an ...

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  • Yealands seeks funds to buy more NZ vineyards

    New Zealand wine firm Yealands has said it may sell shares in its business to raise funds for vineyard purchases, as it seeks to become the country's largest producer. A panoramic view of Yealands land in Marlborough Yealands said it has recruited financial advisers at UBS bank to help it work on options for raising capital.

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