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New wine appellation
27 septembre 2006
A new appellation has just been created : vins de pays (VDP) de l’Atlantique. It brings together producers and brokers from the Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne, Gironde and the north of the Lot-et-Garonne. The objective : to find an additional outlet for the vineyards in crisis. Other VDP appellations already exist in the area covered by the new appellation, including the vin de pays charentais (120,000hl annually).

Business booming at Unicognac
27 septembre 2006
The annual surge in business at the Unicognac (Synthéane group) wine cellars at Archiac and St-Sulpice-de-Royan (Charente-Maritime) has been keeping the 37 employees busy as they prepare the vins de pays charentais since the first grapes were picked on 7 September. Archiac expects 15,000hl of grapes this year with 65,000hl for St-Sulpice.

New cognacs from Martell and Frapin
26 septembre 2006
Martell launched a new limited edition VSOP cognac « Ritz Edition » on 21 September at the Ritz in Paris. The blend is identical to the traditional Martell VSOP. The product will be sold at the Ritz in Paris, Madrid and London, in Ritz-Carlton hotels all over the world and by French specialist wine and spirits retailers. In early 2007 Martell is expected to launch a new product and to renew its Extra range. Frapin, for its part, is launching « Grande Champagne », a 35cl limited edition grand cru.

New director of communications at Hennessy
26 septembre 2006
Catherine de Roffignac has been appointed as the new director of communications at Hennessy.

Martell boosts Ricard
22 septembre 2006
Pernod-Ricard has presented its annual accounts (2005-2006) and emphasized the performance of Martell cognacs, where the volume of sales rose by 11% (1.3 million cases) and sales by 21% (654 million). Group sales rose by (+68%) to 6.06 billion. In addition, it has announced the integration of Allied Domecq (including the Martell brand) has been completed a year ahead of schedule at a lower than expected cost (350 million instead of 450 million. P. Ricard has announced that he will retire in two years’ time.

Rémy Martin consolidates its partnership
22 septembre 2006
Rémy Martin held its annual meeting on Thursday when it presented the results of its collaboration with the 1,250 wine growers who supply the eaux-de-vie to meet its requirements. This year the volumes are 31,000 hl in collective contracts and 22,000 in individual contracts.

Distillerie de Gironde
14 septembre 2006
At Javrezac, the distillerie de Gironde would like to increase its production capacity (public inquiry held from 11 October to 14 November).

New inter-branch committee
14 septembre 2006
The inter-branch committee for wines and musts was officially created on 13 September in Cognac. An elective assembly will be organized on 1 October.

Taransaud innovates
13 septembre 2006
The Taransaud cooperage has created the concept of a robotized tool to eliminate handling problems when sorting staves and placing them on pallets for aging.

Harvest meeting on 14 September
12 septembre 2006
The winegrowers’ union (SGV) is holding its annual harvest meeting on 14 September. It will be the opportunity to hear the final advice before the harvest. The grape harvest is expected to begin on either 20 or 25 September. Jean-Bernard de Larquier believes that the grapes will be of high quality. It should be the last campaign before the move to the land affectation system.

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