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Sep 11 2015

 Winegrower anxiety continues over South West France high-speed rail line

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 17:03

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 The project, seen as “disastrous, absurd, unpopular and even outdated”, threatens the unique ecosystem of the Ciron river valley (a tributary of the Garonne) and with it the region’s famous Noble Rot.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“


Aug 11 2011

decanter.com: Growers across France revise ‚earliest ever‘ harvest dates

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 09:18

by Rebecca Gibb – The 2011 grape harvest is scheduled for an early start in France but will not be as premature as first expected.

Picking in Bordeaux HarvestBordeaux, 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“


Jul 08 2011

wine-business-international: Italy overtakes France to become world’s largest wine producer

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By Nick Pisa in Rome – Italy has overtaken France to become the largest wine producer in the world.

According to the European Commission in 2010 Italy produced 4.96 billion litres of wine compared to 4.62 billion in France, a drop of one per cent from last year.Domenico Bosco, from the Italian agricultural workers union Coldiretti, said:“This result is fruit of the fact that production has been stable in Italy while in France it has fallen.

„The increase in Italian production must also be compared to the fact that the territorial size of the French vineyards is far larger than our ones. Exports are also on the increase – up 15 per cent compared to last year, which is a very good sign.“ Continue reading „wine-business-international: Italy overtakes France to become world’s largest wine producer“


Mai 27 2011

Decanter: Sangiovese planted in south of France

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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“


Mai 26 2011

FRANCE: Burgundy wine exports rise in Q1

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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“


Mai 17 2011

FRANCE: Champagne Council opens office in Russia

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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“


Apr 11 2011

FRANCE: 1855.com acquires ChateauOnline wine retailer

Tag: Allgemeinessigi.hiss @ 11:22

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.


Apr 11 2011

FRANCE: Bernard Magrez buys Château Lagueiranne

Tag: Personen,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 11:20

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.


Mrz 24 2011

FRANCE: Champagne rebound boosts Lanson-BCC FY profits

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 11:15

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“


Mrz 21 2011

FRANCE: China lifts Bordeaux wine exports in 2010

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 13:34

By: Stuart Todd

Bordeaux wine exports regain ground - CIVB
Bordeaux wine exports regain ground – CIVB

Global exports of Bordeaux wines staged a significant comeback last year, driven by particularly strong demand from China, according to trade body the Conseil Interprofessionel du Vin du Bordeaux (CIVB).

In sharp contrast to what the CIVB described as “a catastrophic year” in 2009, exports in calendar 2010 rose by 14% in volume to 1.77m hectolitres and by 17% in value to EUR1.51bn (US$2.1bn).

Germany was the leading export market by volume, just ahead of China. Hong Kong was the premier destination for Bordeaux wines in value terms, followed by the UK and China.

There was a 6% rise in volumes shipped to the US, although exports fell by 28% by value.

Despite a “good recovery”, the CIVB highlighted the precarious position of many Bordeaux producers due to insufficient levels of business. The sector lost around 1m hectolitres of production between 2008 and 2009.


Mrz 17 2011

FRANCE: Rémy Cointreau agrees Champagne sale – report

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 20:19

By: just-drinks.com editorial team

Rémy Cointreau sells Champagne business to EPI - report
Rémy Cointreau sells Champagne business to EPI – report

Rémy Cointreau has agreed to sell its Champagne business to France’s Societe Europeenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI), according to a report.

EPI, which is owned by France’s Descours family, has agreed not to split the business as part of the deal, according to Decanter.com, which reported the news today (17 March). It did not cite sources.

The sale could not be immediately confirmed by just-drinks. However, since the begginning of this month, Rémy and EPI have been in exclusive talks on a deal for the Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck brands and related assets.

Rémy is believed to have been seeking a price of around EUR400m (US$561m). The sale of the unprofitable Champagne arm will allow the group to focus on its Cognac markets, particularly in Asia.


Mrz 15 2011

FRANCE: Côtes du Rhône wine exports rebound

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 17:49

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.


Feb 18 2011

CHINA/FRANCE: COFCO buys Bordeaux’s Château de Viaud

Tag: Allgemeines,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 19:01

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“


Feb 14 2011

FRANCE: French wines and spirits exports up in 2010

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 17:38

FEVS hails growth in US and Asia.
FEVS hails growth in US and Asia.

Stuart Todd – French wine and spirits exports rose by 18.3% in value in 2010, according to the sector’s export trade body, FEVS.

Exports reached EUR9.1bn for the year, FEVS said today (14 February). “The business rebound in 2010 is largely a result of an excellent performance in Asian markets and recovery in North America,“ said FEVS president Claude de Jouvencel. „In the EU, recovery has been more timid.”

In terms of product, last year saw a 33% increase in Cognac sales to EUR1.85bn, while vodka exports jumped by 40% to EUR332m. Champagne exports rose by 22% to EUR1.9bn.

The US remained the leading importer of French wines and spirits, with exports to the country of EUR1.6bn, up by 25% on 2009. Sales to the UK rose by 7.5% to EUR1.3bn, while sales to China leapt by 79% to EUR564.8m.


Feb 14 2011

FRANCE: Champagne body plays down talk of full recovery

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 17:35

just-drinks.com editorial team

The Champagne industry’s ruling council has said that there is more work to do to rebuild consumer demand, despite a series of sales rebounds for some of the sector’s biggest players.

Champagne sales may have bounced back to 319.5m bottles in 2010, the fourth highest total on record, but the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne (CIVC) is in cautious mood. Value sales remain below those seen before the global financial meltdown. Continue reading „FRANCE: Champagne body plays down talk of full recovery“


Feb 10 2011

FRANCE: Lanson-BCC Champagne FY sales rise, but short of pre-crisis high

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 08:34

By: just-drinks.com editorial teamLanson-BCC fizzing again, but still below 2007 levels

  • Sales rise by 11% in 2010
  • Demand still short of pre-crisis highs
  • Profits to be „better“ than 2009

Champagne house Lanson-BCC has reported an 11% rise in sales for 2010, but demand remained below the highs seen before the global financial crisis.

Lanson-BCC said today (8 February) that net sales reached EUR305m (US$416m) for the 12 months to the end of December. Volume sales increased by 6% versus 2009, echoing a general rebound in consumer demand for Champagne following a tough couple of years. Continue reading „FRANCE: Lanson-BCC Champagne FY sales rise, but short of pre-crisis high“


Jan 24 2011

FRANCE: LVMH eyeing Remy Cointreau’s Champagne arm?

Tag: Allgemeines,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 21:29

just-drinks.com editorial team

Remy Cointreau courts interest from LVMH and several Champagne houses - report
Remy Cointreau courts interest from LVMH and several Champagne houses – report

Moet Hennessy owner LVMH has had a bid for Remy Cointreau’s Champagne business turned down but is still leading a group of Champagne houses in pursuit of the division, according to local reports.

Remy Cointreau rejected a EUR300m (US$407m) bid for its Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne business before Christmas, according to a report in French business daily, La Tribune, today (24 January). It cited an industry source as saying that LVMH plans to return with a higher offer, while Nicolas Feuillatte, Alliance Champagne and Lanson BCC are also reportedly in the running. Continue reading „FRANCE: LVMH eyeing Remy Cointreau’s Champagne arm?“


Jan 19 2011

FRANCE: Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne sales rise in ’10

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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“


Jan 17 2011

FRANCE: Burgundy wine trade body plans marketing drive

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 13:18

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“


Dez 20 2010

FRANCE: Champagne body upbeat on 2011

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By: Stuart Todd – Champagne’s trade body, CIVC, is upbeat on the sector’s prospects for 2011 based on improving volume sales and higher pricing.

Chamagne body CIVC sees continued sales momentum
Chamagne body CIVC sees continued sales momentum

Global Champagne sales by volume rose by 12.4% for the 10 months to the end of October, according to CIVC.

“The key question now is whether this is largely a restocking phenomenon or a response to a real increase in consumption. We will only be able to make a judgement on that when the crucial months of November and December are past us,” said CIVC spokesperson Daniel Lorson.

He told just-drinks that global shipments for 2010 would likely hit 315m bottles, up from 293m last year but still below 322m in 2008.

“Overall, we are optimistic for 2011,” said Lorson. “We’ve noted a modest average increase in prices in the second half, driven by significant increases in prices for premium Champagne.

“We are also seeing some strong upward movement in prices in the bottom of the range category, compared to 2009, with fewer examples of Champagne at less than EUR10 (US$13) a bottle,” he added.


Dez 03 2010

FRANCE: Moet Hennessy sells Montaudon to Champagne Alliance

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Stuart Todd – A subsidiary of the Champagne Alliance co-operative, Jacquart, is to acquire Montaudon Champagne Moet Hennessy sells Montaudon to Champagne Alliancefrom Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

The transaction, the value of which has not been disclosed, concerns the brand, a production site and stocks but not Montaudon’s (grape) supply contracts. Montaudon posted total sales of EUR26m (US$34.3m) in 2009 and joined the Moet Hennessy group in 2008.

The purchase of Montaudon is expected to further Jacquart’s on-going strategy of developing a more upmarket offering and bolster a turnover forcasted to reach EUR75m this year. Champagne Alliance brings together 2,000 co-operatives, representing  2,400 hectares of vineyards.The deal follows last month’s news that Rémy Cointreau is planning to sell its Champagne business, which includes the Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck brands.


Dez 01 2010

FRANCE: Remy Cointreau updates on Champagne sale

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just-drinks.com editorial teamRemy Cointreau has said that it expects offers for its Champagne business before the end of 2010.

Remy Cointreau expects Champagne bids by end of 2010
Remy Cointreau expects Champagne bids by end of 2010

The group’s director-general, Jean-Marie Laborde, told journalists in Paris today (30 November) that preliminary offers for the Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne business are expected by the end of the year. He said interest in the division has been strong.

Remy announced earlier this month that it had appointed the investment arm of Credit Agricole bank to organise an auction for the Champagne division. The group told just-drinks that the Champagne arm was „not profitable enough“. Continue reading „FRANCE: Remy Cointreau updates on Champagne sale“


Nov 23 2010

FRANCE: Wine, spirits exports return to growth

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By: Stuart Todd – French wine and spirits exports posted strong growth in the first nine months of 2010, according to the latest figures from the sector’s export trade body, FEVS.

Wine, spirits exports show signs of recovery
Wine, spirits exports show signs of recovery

Exports rose by 19% in value to EUR6.26bn (US$8.6bn) and by 16.5% in volume on the same period of last year. “The recovery has been led by spirits, particularly Cognac, vodka and gin, even though wines are showing a solid recovery too,” a spokesman for FEVS told just-drinks today (22 November).
In the same period of 2009, exports fell by 11% in volume and 24% in value versus 2008.

“Initial feedback from the US, our biggest export market, would appear to indicate that consumers remain prudent in their drinks purchases, to a backdrop of continued economic uncertainty,” said the spokesperson.


Nov 15 2010

FRANCE: Rémy Cointreau eyes Champagne business sale

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 18:44

Stuart Todd – Group confirms possible sale – No timeframe disclosed –  Sales have not recovered from ’09 slump

Rémy Cointreau is mulling the sale of its Champagne division, which has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

Rémy Cointreau said today (15 November) that it has commissioned the Crédit Agricole bank to initiate a competitive tendering procedure ahead of a possible sale of the Champagne business, which includes the Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck brands. Continue reading „FRANCE: Rémy Cointreau eyes Champagne business sale“


Nov 08 2010

FRANCE: Wine co-operative body calls for price rises

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By: Stuart Todd

Vines in Frances Languedoc region. The CCVF wants more money for producers.
Vines in France’s Languedoc region. The CCVF wants more money for producers.

France’s federation for wine co-operatives, the CCVF, has called for retailers to pay producers at least 10% more for their wines.

The CCVF said that better market conditions, weaker stock levels and a smaller forecast harvest in 2010 justified price increases. Co-operatives account for approximately 50% of wine production in France.

“Growers need to be compensated for the ground lost on prices last year,” said CCVF president Denis Verdier this week. He said prices paid to producers have fallen by 10% in the last year, with cheaper wines worst hit.

“It’s not for consumers to pay for the increase we are demanding,“ said Verdier. „The solution lies in retailers’ margins.”


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