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of LVMH’s wine and spir­its arm, Moët Hen­nessy, to ex­pand the es­tate’s reach.

The Wertheimer broth­ers, own­ers of Chanel and also Châteaux Rauzan-Ségla and Canon in Bor­deaux, also bought Do­maine de l’Ile on the is­land of Por­querolles – where rosé ac­counts for 70% of the to­tal pro­duc­tion.

Provence has re­ceived high-pro­file celebrity en­dorse­ments, too. Most re­cently, pop star

Kylie Minogue launched a 2019 ‘Sig­na­ture’ Côtes de Provence rosé that was re­port­edly ex­pected to re­tail for around £18 per bot­tle. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Cin­sault and 10% Rolle, the wine made its de­but in Au­gust 2020 and has been pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bench­mark Drinks. It fol­lows a less ex­pen­sive rosé Vin de France blend from the singer, re­leased ear­lier this year.

While the pop­u­lar­ity of rosé wines has been build­ing for more than a decade, some re­tail­ers have re­cently high­lighted greater in­ter­est in more up­mar­ket styles. UK su­per­mar­ket Sains­bury’s re­ported in Au­gust that sales of pre­mium rosé were up by 60% for the year so far.

The su­per­mar­ket cited par­tic­u­larly strong de­mand for Mi­raval, from the epony­mous Provence es­tate co-owned by Brad Pitt, An­gelina Jolie and the Per­rin fam­ily of Château de Beau­cas­tel fame.

See De­can­ter’s Au­gust is­sue, or De­can­ter Pre­mium, for a panel tast­ing of 178 Provence rosé wines.

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■ Never mind oys­ters and caviar – pair­ing Cham­pagne with a crunchy raw radish is one of life’s sim­ple plea­sures, says Di­dier De­pond, pres­i­dent of the De­lam­otte and Sa­lon houses, who grows them at home, hav­ing got the idea from re­spected oe­nol­o­gist and chemist, pro­fes­sor Jac­ques Pui­sais. Radishes’ sa­line, spicy, acidic pro­file can ‘par­al­lel with Cham­pagne’, De­pond told De­can­ter.

■ Soon-to-be-re­vised US di­etary guide­lines should cut the daily al­co­hol limit for men from two drinks to one, the same as for women, said the Di­etary Guide­lines Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee. In cur­rent guid­ance, one drink is five US fluid ounces ( 150ml) of wine at 12% al­co­hol. Cal­i­for­nia’s Wine In­sti­tute said the Com­mit­tee didn’t cite enough ev­i­dence to ‘re­verse decades of guid­ance’ on drink­ing in moder­a­tion.

■ Fine wine stor­age spe­cial­ist Oc­ta­vian has launched an on­line ‘ MyCel­lar’ plat­form that in­cludes an ‘ex­change’ for pri­vate clients to trade bot­tles in their col­lec­tions with each other. Stock doesn’t need to be phys­i­cally moved, plus ‘ full in­sur­ance and ver­i­fied prove­nance’ al­lows for quick and se­cure trad­ing, the group said. Col­lec­tors can also quickly value their wines and track price changes.

■ Ve­gan-friendly train­ers made from ‘wine leather’ have been cre­ated by Dutch shoe com­pany Mercer Am­s­ter­dam. Priced at about £ 250, W3RD Wine Pack train­ers were due to launch in De­cem­ber 2020. Ital­ian part­ner firm Vegea makes a leather-like ma­te­rial from wine by-prod­ucts, in­clud­ing grape seeds and fi­bres. Mercer Am­s­ter­dam’s founder, Pim Mercer, said the new range could be ex­panded.

Above: Château d’Es­clans’ Whis­per­ing An­gel Right: Kylie Minogue Wines ‘Sig­na­ture’ rosé

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