In brief

11 June, 2010

l Champagne Philipponnat has released the 2000 vintage of its single vineyard Clos de Goisses prestige cuvée. The 2000 vintage, which is a blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay, has potential ageing for up to 30 years. It is distributed in the UK via Les Caves de Pyrene and will have an rrp of £125.

Casella Wines has appointed Sally Baker as brand manager, who has moved over from the same position at Australia’s Bacardi Lion. Baker will be responsible for the international portfolio, which includes the Australian brand Yellow Tail.

Buckingham Schenk has launched Viñalba Reserva Malbec/Touriga Nacional, the latest addition to its Argentinian brand Viñalba. The wine is available at Majestic, where it will be launched at a promotional price of £7.99 if you buy two bottles or more, down from £9.99.

London City Bond has secured a three-year contract with wine merchant Armit to handle its UK logistics. LCB will store and distribute all Armit’s trade stock nationwide from its bonded warehouse in Barking.

The Wine Society has reported that sales of Spanish wines soared 25% year on year to the end of February, making Spain the company’s fastest-growing category. Pierre Mansour, Spanish buyer for the society, attributes the success to dramatically improved winemaking.

GIV is bolstering its UK team with the appointment of Louise Steel as sales manager for northern England. Steel moves over from Waverley TBS where she was head of business development.

Patriarche Wine Agencies has released its 2010 price list, showcasing new packaging from producers Mount Riley, Dieu Donné and Cycles Gladiator, along with new additions to the portfolio, including Geo Wines.

Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series Margaret River Riesling 2008 is now available in the UK. Produced from 30-year-old vines, the Riesling retails from £12.99-£14.99 and is available through Domaine Direct.

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