Uncorkings: Production for 2012 Beaujolais is Expected to Fall 50%

Plus more news and notes from the world of wine and spirits.


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The problematic 2012 vintage in Beaujolais is expected to cause a drastic decline in production. It is projected that approximately 10.5 million gallons will be produced this year—a figure that is down from the roughly 22.5 million gallons created last year, Reuters reports. The 2012 vintage was plagued with severe frosts in February and destructive hailstorms that occurred from April to August.

Jean Taittinger, French politician and honorary president of Champagne Taittinger, passed away on September 23 at the age of 89. Read the full story.

Matt Lane has been appointed vice president of Peter Lehmann Wines Americas for Peter Lehmann, the notable South Australian producer. In Lane’s new role, he will supervise the wine education programs for the brand’s distributor and retail partners in the Americas, the United States and Canada. Lane previously served at Treasury Wine Estates as America’s sales director for the Heirloom Wine Group. He also held positions at Penfolds as sommelier, senior wine educator and brand ambassador in the Americas.

Chilean producer Viña Errazuriz has plans to produce a sparkling wine for the first time. Made using méthode traditionnelle, the sparkler will be made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes sourced from the Aconcagua Coast and Casablanca regions.

Château Bellefont-Belcier, a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, is expected to be sold to a Chinese investor whose name has not yet been disclosed. The financial terms of the deal have also not been revealed, but the likely acquisition of the estate marks the first time a Chinese investor will purchase a classified growth in Bordeaux.

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