The week in spirits and wine

The week in spirits and wine

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

Chapel Down, the English wine producer and brewer, is to launch a Nebuchadnezzar bottle of sparkling wine priced at GBP5,000 (US$7,860).

Concha y Toro, the Chilean wine producer, has reported a jump in nine-month net profits and sales, but volumes suffered in Q3. 

Diageo has said it is “surprised and disappointed” after losing a vote by United Spirits' shareholders over plans for the firm to produce and sell some of Diageo's spirits brands in India.

Earlier this year, Panos Sarantopoulos was promoted by Remy Cointreau to head up its liqueurs & spirits division. Late last month, Richard Woodard travelled to France to meet him.

Earlier today, Brown-Forman posted its H1 and Q2 results. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by region and brand in the six months to the end of October.

Laurent-Perrier has continued its strong start to the fiscal year as profits and sales climbed on demand from outside Europe and the performance of its Salon brand.

The CEO of Brown-Forman has flagged the growth of rival vodka “upstarts” such as Tito's Handmade Vodka as driving a “brutally competitive” vodka category in the US.

Long touted as the natural successor to single malt whiskies, premium and super-premium rums have yet to make a dramatic impact on consumers. Could that be about to change? Ian Buxton takes a closer look.

William Grant & Sons has announced the pending departure of the head of its recently-acquired Drambuie unit.