In brief

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

■ UK wine duty rose in line with inflation on 29 Oc­to­ber 2018, but Chan­cel­lor Phillip Ham­mond froze duty on beer, spir­its and cider. The Wine & Spirit Trade As­so­ci­a­tion ( WSTA) called the move ‘grossly un­fair’, say­ing that an ef­fec­tive 3.1% rise in wine duty would cost the in­dus­try an ex­tra £90 mil­lion.

■ Prince Robert of Lux­em­bourg, fourth gen­er­a­tion owner of Château Haut-Brion, has be­come the 12th mem­ber of Pri­mum Fa­mil­iae Vini (PFV), a col­lec­tive that brings to­gether some of the world’s ‘lead­ing wine fam­i­lies’. Other mem­bers in­clude Joseph Drouhin, Fa­milia Tor­res, Pol Roger, Baron Philippe de Roth­schild, Vega Si­cilia, Anti­nori and Syming­ton Es­tates. Prince Robert said he was ‘ truly hon­oured and thrilled’.

■ Cal­i­for­nia win­ery Qupé has been sold to Vin­tage Wine Es­tates by Ter­roir Life for an un­named sum. The deal in­cludes the pro­ducer’s brand and wine stocks, with winemaker Bob Lindquist stay­ing on in a con­sult­ing role, 36 years af­ter he founded the win­ery in Cal­i­for­nia’s Santa Maria Val­ley.

■ Wines grown and pro­duced on the 16th-cen­tury es­tate of Château de Cham­bord, near Blois in the Loire Val­ley, will be sold to the pub­lic for the first time in 2019 – in time for the es­tate’s 500th an­niver­sary. The vines are planted over 13ha of the château’s grounds – which cover an area the size of cen­tral Paris – and rep­re­sent its first work­ing vine­yard since the French Rev­o­lu­tion. 4ha are planted with a rare grape va­ri­eties Ro­morantin and Menu Pineau, while the rest con­sists of Pinot Noir, Sau­vi­gnon Blanc and Ga­may vines.

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