In brief

05 March, 2010

l Bibendum has strengthened its digestif portfolio with the signing of four exclusive agencies from Cognac and Armagnac. The new arrivals are Samalens Armagnac, Larressingle Armagnac, Cognac Pierre Ferrand and Landy Cognac and include the oldest vintage-dated Cognac currently available on the commercial market – Pierre Ferrand 1914.

Armagnac’s generic body, the BNIA, is hosting a tasting and masterclass presented by spirits expert Ian Wisniewski in London on April 12 at the Connaught Hotel. To register go to

Rémy Martin is rolling out its ultra-premium Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8 in the UK with a price tag of £11,250.

Anthony Habert, senior brand manager at First Drinks, said: “Trading up is still alive and well for consumers looking to move up from mainstream Cognacs to premium offerings.”

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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