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  • Yellow Tail owner to buy Peter Lehmann Wines

    Yellow Tail wines owner Casella has agreed to buy rival Australian wine group Peter Lehmann in a deal that values the company at A$70m. Donald Hess, chairman of Hess Family Wine Estates Family-owned Casella has agreed to pay A$1.5 per share to acquire Hess Group's 85.7% stake in Peter Lehmann Wines.

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  • St Emilion's La Gaffeliere 'plans for future' with triple estate purchase

    Chateau la Gaffeliere, the Saint Emilion 1er Cru Classe estate, has acquired 13 hectares of vines split across three estates by purchasing Vignobles Cassat in a deal that forms part of a long-term succession plan. Chateau La Gaffeliere vinesOlivier Cassat said that he sold his family business because his children didn't want to take over and ‘the job has become much more dif ...

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  • Mouton unveils Catalan artist label for 2012 vintage

    Chateau Mouton Rothschild has revealed its 2012 vintage label created by Miquel Barcelo, the final artist commissioned by the late Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. The label depicts two rams on their hind legs, matching each other's strength, against a hazy watercolour background of greens and blues.

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  • Champagne growers 'exasperated' with social charges

    Mass street protests in Champagne last week reflect rising frustration over taxes and social charges, say winemakers and growers. Protesters gather in Chalons-en-Champagne. Image credit: Francois Nascimbeni / Getty / AFP Around 1,500 Champagne producers and growers joined farmers’ unions in last week’s protests, which centred on Chalons-en-Champagne and were part of co-ordi ...

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  • Bordeaux prices falling to pre-'China boom' levels, says Liv-ex

    Plummeting prices for Bordeaux first growths in the last three years serve as the latest cautionary tale in a long history of boom and bust for chateaux and negociants, according to Liv-ex co-founder James Miles, who sees no end to the pattern. Pickers in the Bordeaux vineyards. How chateaux and negociants handle the 2014 vintage will be crucial, says Miles.

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  • Treasury Wine Estates to close historic Australian winery

    Penfolds and Rosemount wines producer Treasury Wine Estates is to close the 130-year-old Ryecroft winery in McLaren Vale in order to cut costs. The Rosemount cellar door in McLaren vale. It will remain open after the Ryecroft winery shuts. Image: Treasury Wine Estates Wine has been made at Ryecroft since the 1880s, but current owner Treasury said today (10 November) that it ...

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  • Michel Chapoutier elected Cotes du Rhone president

    Negociant and winemaker Michel Chapoutier has been named president of the AOC Cotes du Rhone and Vallee du Rhone, encompassing 5,000 wine estates and €1.4bn in annual sales. Chapoutier – who was standing unopposed – was elected on Friday morning (7 November) on a three-year mandate. He takes over from Christian Paly, president for the past six years.

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  • Drones to detect vine disease in France

    An alliance of Burgundy’s wine council, Airbus air defence engineers and Bordeaux wine magnate Bernard Magrez have agreed funding to test the use of drones to detect killer vine diseases. A drone demonstration at Bernard Magrez's Chateau Pape Clement in April this year The consortium plans to spend up to €1.

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  • Champagne growers brick up government building

    More than a thousand Champagne grape growers this week joined with farmers for street protests against execssive tax that led to activists bricking up the entrance to a local government headquarters. Image: France Bleu Farmers' unions across France had called for a day of protest on Wednsday (5 November) against excessive taxes and regulation in the agriculture sector.

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  • Jay Z buys stake in Armand de Brignac Champagne

    Hip hop star Jay Z has bought a stake in the Armand de Brignac Champagne brand, but the structure of the deal is unclear. Image: Getty / AFP / Francois Nascimbeni New York-based drinks group Sovereign Brands said Jay Z has ‘acquired its interest in Armand de Brignac’, nearly a decade after referencing the highly priced Champagne brand in his music and seeing it become a nightclub favourite.

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  • Activist MEP backs biodynamic winemaker's appeal against conviction

    Jose Bove, the European Parliament member famous for trampling GM crops, says France's court system would be guilty of 'environmental schizophrenia' if it upholds its conviction of a biodynamic winemaker for not spraying his vines against disease. At the centre of the debate: Emmanuel Giboulot's vineyard The appeals court in Dijon today (5 November) postponed a decision on ...

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  • Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2014 winners revealed

    The winners of the 2014 Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards, which form a 'go to list' of the best places to buy wine in the UK, have been announced during a ceremony at London's Connaught hotel. Awards chairman Peter Richards MW (pictured) handed out prizes to both winners and runners up across 12 different categories.

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  • Clos de Tart's Sylvain Pitiot to retire

    Sylvain Pitiot, the long-standing manager and technical director of Clos de Tart in Burgundy, is set to step down at the end of the year. Sylvain Pitiot (pictured) confirmed to that he will step aside after nearly 20 years in the role. He is credited with significantly improving quality and vineyard management at acclaimed Clos de Tart, a 7.

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  • Former King of Spain opens new tasting rooms at Marques de Murrieta

    The recently departed King of Spain, Juan Carlos, has officially opened a tasting and restaurant complex that is served by a 70,000-bottle wine cellar in the newly rebuilt Castillo Ygay at Rioja estate Marques de Murrieta. HRM Don Juan Carlos re-opens Castillo Ygay at Marques de Murrieta. Image credit: Marques de Murrieta.

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  • Bordeaux 1982 pulls in buyers at US auction

    A return to form for Bordeaux 1982 led the line as fine wine buyers bought all lots offered in Hart Davis Hart's Bordeaux-only auction in Chicago. A view inside the Hart Davis Hart auction room. Image credit: HDH Many of the best selling lots failed to beat their pre-sale high estimates, which served as a warning to those who would proclaim Bordeaux's resurgence on the fine ...

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