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One of Bordeaux's largest wine groups, Vignobles Andre Lurton, has sold its 42% stake in Margaux fifth growth Chateau Dauzac. Insurance company MAIF has bought Vignobles Andre Lurton's shareholding to give it 100% ownership of the 120-hectare estate (pictured), which has 45 hectares of vines.
Swiss winemaker Dominique Giroud has been convicted of tax fraud, but his spokesperson said the verdict 'does not come as a surprise'. Giroud was found guilty by a court in the Swiss canton of Vaud late last week. He was accused of providing false figures on his company, Giroud Vins, to tax authorities between 2005 and 2009.
Canada's wineries are backing the creation of an online directory to help raise awareness of their wines and attract more tourists. The Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) has signed a deal with BlackSquare Inc wine consultancy to produce an online directory of Canada's 800 wineries before the end of 2014. The directory has been named Wine411.
The UK government has sold off more mature Bordeaux, including several bottles of Chateau Latour's acclaimed 1961 vintage, to balance the books in its wine cellar. The UK government's wine cellar lies underneath Lancaster House, near Buckingham Palace. Austerity politics continued to seep into in the UK government's wine cellar in the last financial year.
Champagne's ruling council has said houses and growers can harvest at a yield of up to 10,500kg per hectare in 2014, following a slight upturn in consumer demand. The Comite Champagne said this week that it has brokered a deal between growers and the region's top houses to increase maximum yields for the 2014 harvest to 10,500kg per hectare.
Languedoc producer Domaines Paul Mas is planning to plant vines in the Venetian island of Sant' Erasmo. Sant' Erasmo. Image credit: Carlo Enrico / Wikipedia Owner Jean-Claude Mas told Decanter.com that he was currently negotiating the purchase of four hectares of land on the island, to produce a 'boutique, vin de garage Venetian wine’.
Auction house Acker Merrall & Condit has agreed to pay a lump sum to billionaire wine collector Bill Koch and change its business practices in order to settle legal action over alleged counterfeit fine wines.
A lorry carrying 18,000 bottles of wine from a Grand Cru Classe estate in Saint Emilion has overturned near Bordeaux, spilling its load across the road. The new winemaking cellar at Chateau La Dominique The lorry, which was carrying Chateau La Dominique's second wine from the 2011 vintage, overturned at a roundabout in Saint Emilion yesterday (16 July).
Two men who helped themselves to $650,000-worth of wine from a US warehouse on Thanksgiving Day have pleaded guilty to several counts of theft and burglary. One of the defendants, 35-year-old Samuel Arby Harris, also pleaded guilty to attempted arson during a hearing at King County Superior Court (pictured) in Seattle, Washington State, yesterday (15 July).
French officials have approved Terrasses du Larzac in Languedoc-Roussillon as a standalone appellation, offering more evidence of the region's improving reputation. Vincent Goumard, of Mas Cal Demoura.
Quinta do Noval has fallen out of step with rivals to declare its 2012 Port vintage. Harvest time at Quinta do Noval. Image: Quinta do Noval Quinta do Noval's managing director, Christian Seely, broke the news on his blog, where he explained that the house has a history of 'eccentric' declarations.