Labégorce proprietor dies

Hubert Perrodo, French entrepreneur and owner of Margaux chateaux Marquis d’Alesme Becker, Labégorce and Labégorce-Zédé, has died aged 62.

Taittinger family return to Champagne

The Taittinger family is set to return to its Champagne business nearly two years after being bought out by an American investment firm.

Breton wine

Better known for its cider and sailors, the region of Brittany can now lay claim to having its own wine following a legal tussle with the French authorities.

Bond drinks Angelus. 82 Angelus

Chateau Angelus boss Hubert de Bouard was shaken – but not stirred – when Bond chiefs demanded his top vintage for the British secret agent.

Posh and Becks shore up Cristal

It might have lost the endorsement of Jay-Z, but Roederer has found new high-profile support in the form of Victoria and David Beckham.

Bollinger to sue supermarkets?

The president of Bollinger is set to sue French supermarkets, saying their cut-price promotions are detrimental to the Champagne house’s image.

Montrose sale contested by daughter

The daughter of the former owner of Chateau Montrose is going to court to fight the sale of the chateau that took place earlier this year.

Five Oddbins stores to become Nicolas

Five Oddbins wine shops, in exclusive areas of London, are being converted to Nicolas stores – the French wine retail arm of owners Castel.

Duboeuf fined £21k for fraud

Top Beaujolais producer Georges Duboeuf has been found guilty of incorrectly labelling and blending over 200,000 litres of wine.

Vinexpo to return to US

Wine trade show Vinexpo is set to return to the US in 2009, has learned.

EU plans radical overhaul of wine sector

The EU announced radical and far-reaching reforms for the wine sector today, acknowledging that the current situation of subsidies and legislation is ‘not sustainable’.

Sweden ignites Israeli wine row

Sweden’s state-run drinks monopoly Systembolaget has run itself into trouble for the way it labels wine produced in the Golan Heights.

Bordeaux: Church steps in

The Archbishop of Bordeaux has called on the regions’ winemakers to show courage in the face of the wine crisis currently affecting the region.

EU to reduce aid to winemakers

In a drive to end the overproduction of wine in its member states, the European Union is set to reduce the amount of financial aid it gives to winemakers.

Pichon-Lalande in sale talks

Pichon-Lalande’s board of directors is in advanced takeover talks with the Hermes family, it was confirmed this morning.