The legal action comes nine days after the publication of Isabelle Saporta's French-language book Vino Business, which takes a critical look at the closed and contradictory world of French wine, and draws specific attention to the contested classification in Saint Emilion that saw Angelus promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé A.
Artemis Domaines, the company that owns Bordeaux first-growth Château Latour, has acquired a large minority stake in Château Siaurac & Co., according to Siaurac owner and manager Paul Goldschmidt. Siaurac includes three Right Bank estates-Château Le Prieuré in St.-Emilion, Château Vray Croix de Gay in Pomerol and Château Siaurac in Lalande-de-Pomerol-for a total of 143 acres of vines.
The deputy mayor of a Bordeaux village is crying foul over a loophole that sees immensely wealthy banking and financial interests offered tax exemptions meant for struggling farmers. Ludon-Médoc's Benedict Simian says that prestigious châteaux in the Haut-Médoc are often owned by banking or industrial interests and should not receive the same government largess as smaller, owner-operator vineyards.
E&J Gallo is aiming to grow its share of the premium end of the wine market with the launch of two new brands, Dark Horse and Apothic Red, despite the fact that the average spend on a bottle of wine in the UK still hovers around the £5 mark.
Sainsbury's, which late last year overtook Asda-WalMart to become the UK's second largest supermarket, has committed to printing calorie amounts on all its own-brand wines over the next two years. Its move drew praise from the UK government, but also revealed division between multiple retailers, which together account for the vast majority of the country's wine sales and have large own-brand ranges.
Part of the Clark family that founded UK wholesaler Matthew Clark and with a grandfather who was involved in the founding of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the Institute of Masters of Wine, alongside his twin David, Michael was already steeped in the trade before becoming one of its stalwarts.
Tributes from across the trade are being made to Michael Cox, the highly respected industry figure and European head of Wine of Chile who died last night after a year long battle with bile duct cancer.
Over 1,600 exhibitors from across the Mediterranean's world of wine and spirits are set to descend on Montpellier in Southern France next week for this year's Vinisud trade show which hopes to attract buyers from all over the world.
The body of Chinese billioniare Lam Kok, a 46-year-old tea magnate who sealed the biggest deal ever made by a Chinese national on a Bordeaux wine estate in December, has finally been recovered - two months after going missing in a helicopter crash.