LGV South-West France: “disastrous, absurd and unpopular”, but stilla possibility
Sauternes wine producers and environmentalists remain anxious over the proposed high-speed rail line or LGV (Ligne à Grande Vitesse) that would link Bordeaux and Toulouse and Bordeaux and Dax. The project, seen as “disastrous, absurd, unpopular and even outdated”, threatens the unique ecosystem of the Ciron river valley (a tributary of the Garonne) and with it the region’s famous Noble Rot. In a statement, Winegrower associations from Sauternes and Barsac said:
“Technocrats and tunnel vision politicians wish to destroy forever an environment, a way of life and a terroir that has made us the envy of the world to save what? A mere 30 minutes* journey-time”. Continue reading “ Winegrower anxiety continues over South West France high-speed rail line“
by Rebecca Gibb – The 2011 grape harvest is scheduled for an early start in France but will not be as premature as first expected.
Bordeaux, Rhone and Champagne producers have all reported that picking will start much earlier than usual but cooler conditions and rain in late July have delayed previous forecasts.
Christian Seely, head of AXA Millésimes, which owns Pauillac estate Pichon Longueville-Baron estimates the Bordeaux red harvest will now be in the early part of September. ‘A month ago we thought it might be two weeks early. May and June was alarmingly hot and dry. Over the past few weeks we have had some cooler weather and some rain and that’s why we can put the date back a bit to one week early,’ he told decanter.com Continue reading „decanter.com: Growers across France revise ‚earliest ever‘ harvest dates“
by David Furer – Italy’s Sangiovese grape has been planted extensively in the Herault region in the south of France.
Italy’s Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo – the world’s largest cooperative nursery – has sold about 170,000 Sangiovese vines to five Herault producers: Domaine de Gournier, des Peyrats, de la Bousquette, Clos des Roques, and de St. Laurent. Continue reading „Decanter: Sangiovese planted in south of France“
Stuart Todd – Global exports of Burgundy wines rose in both volume and value in the first quarter of the year, according to trade body the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins du Bourgogne (BIVB). Continue reading „FRANCE: Burgundy wine exports rise in Q1“
Stuart Todd – Champagne’s trade body, the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), has opened an office in Russia and is planning to do the same in Brazil later this year.
Growing demand for Champagne in emerging markets has prompted the move. “These two new openings will take our international network of offices to 14, covering the ten major markets for champagne and the four main emerging markets represented by the BRIC countries,” a CIVC spokesperson told just-drinks today (17 May). Continue reading „FRANCE: Champagne Council opens office in Russia“
Stuart Todd – Online wine retailer 1855.com has acquired its French rival ChateauOnline, whom it describes as a “pioneer” in the sector. Chateuonline was acquired from Trinidad-based CL Financial Group, but the value of the transaction has not been disclosed. Set up in 1998, ChateauOnline has a 100,000-strong customer base and the average price per bottle sold is EUR12 (US$17).
Commenting on the deal, 1855.com’s president, Emeric Sauty de Chalon, said ChateauOnline is “the premier online wine retail brand” and its acquisition “would generate important synergies, as well as giving us complete market coverage of top-of-the-range wines“. He expects 1855.com and ChateauOnline combined to generate net sales of around EUR20m in 2011.
Stuart Todd – Bernard Magrez has acquired his 37th wine estate, taking control of the ten-hectare Château Lagueiranne in Le Luc in south eastern France. A spokesperson for Magrez confirmed the acquisition to just-drinks today (1 April). Financial details were not disclosed.
The latest addition to the Magrez wine empire reflects his ongoing strategy to acquire small vineyards with strong growth potential. Château Lagueiranne produces 60,000 bottles of AOC Côtes de Provence rosé anually and is the second Provence estate acquired by Magrez, following the purchase of the Clos des Muraires at the end of last year.
By: just-drinks.com editorial team – Lanson-BCC has reported a strong rise in full-year profits for 2010 thanks to stronger consumer demand for Champagne.
Net profits rose by 19% for the 12 months to the end of December, to EUR19.2m (US$27.2m), Lanson-BCC said yesterday (22 March). Earnings before interest and tax increased by almost 13% on the previous year, to EUR43.2m.
Stronger demand for Champagne, which led to an 11% rise in net sales to EUR305m, together with lower costs, lifted the Lanson Champagne producer’s performance for the year. Continue reading „FRANCE: Champagne rebound boosts Lanson-BCC FY profits“
By: Stuart Todd – Exports of AOC Côtes du Rhône wines returned to growth in both value and volume in calendar 2010, show figures obtained by just-drinks. Exports rose by 12% in volume versus 2009, to 817,000 hectolitres, and by 7% in value to almost EUR305.5m (US$422.8m), trade body InterRhône told just-drinks today (10 march). Exports also surpassed 2008 levels in volume and value.
There was a significant recovery in shipments to the UK, the major export outlet for Côtes du Rhône, with volumes surging by 22% to 187,535hl. There was also strong demand from the US, with shipments increasing by 21.8% to 107,858hl.
By: Stuart Todd – Chinese biggest wine producer, COFCO, has acquired the Château de Viaud in the prestigious Bordeaux Lalande-de-Pomerol AOC wine region, a law firm assisting in the deal has confirmed.
Law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel confirmed to just-drinks this week that a deal has been signed. Château de Viaud’s estate covers 20 hectares and was previously owned by Bordeaux trader Philippe Raoux. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. Continue reading „CHINA/FRANCE: COFCO buys Bordeaux’s Château de Viaud“
By: Stuart Todd – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has announced a 16% rise in volume sales in 2010, to around 8m bottles. The Champagne house did not release value sales data, but said net sales for the 12 months were level with 2009.
“These results reflect the growing recovery in the champagne market, especially in the second half of last year,” a company spokesperson told just-drinks. “Despite continued uncertainty on the economic front, Nicolas Feuillatte is confident about 2011.” Continue reading „FRANCE: Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne sales rise in ’10“
By: Stuart Todd | 14 January 2011
Burgundy’s wine trade body, the BIVB, is planning to invest EUR1.85m (US$2.5m) annually over the next three years to market the region’s wines in key export markets.
The export drive will focus on the US, UK, Belgium, Japan and China. It is part of a five-year strategy to make Burgundy „a world leader for great wines born out sustainable production methods,” said BIVB president Michel Baldassini today (14 January). Continue reading „FRANCE: Burgundy wine trade body plans marketing drive“