Remembering André Lurton: Bordeaux winemaker André Lurton has died at the age of 94. Lurton, his siblings, and their children created one of the largest wine dynasties in Bordeaux, today owning over two dozen estates. Lurton owned 10 châteaux and 1,480 acres. He was mayor of Grézillac for over 40 years and an important player in the establishment of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. [Wine Spectator]
Domaine Select sale: New York-based importer Domaine Select Wines & Spirits will be sold to an investment group led by Hill Flynn. Founder Allison Domeneghetti will stay on as president of Domaine Select Merchants, the New York wholesale subsidiary. In 2018, Domaine Select’s sales were approximately $37 million. [Wine Industry Advisor]
Parker retires: Robert Parker has formally retired from his position at The Wine Advocate, after gradually stepping back from various duties since 2011. His retirement was announced in the latest issue of the journal. Parker founded The Wine Advocate 41 years ago. [The Drinks Business]
American Express buys Resy: American Express has announced its plans to buy Resy, in an acquisition expected to close over the summer. Resy launched in 2014 and now has about 4,000 restaurants in its listings. Through its partnerships, it works with another 10,000 establishments. [Forbes]
Chinese tariffs: In the latest on Chinese and American trade, China will raise import tariffs on thousands of US goods, primarily in the agriculture sector, on June 1. This includes another 15% tariff on US wine imports, on top of a 15% increase in April and a 10% increase last September. Compounded, the total tax and tariff rate will be 91%. [Decanter]
Texas experimentation: Relocated from the North Fork of Long Island in 2017, Southold Farm & Cellar is among the growing number of smaller, more experimental Texas wineries. Most Texas grapes are grown in the High Plains, and many wineries bring in grapes from elsewhere to bolster their blends, but a growing number of producers are seeking what’s unique about the state, rather than how it can emulate other regions. [NYT]
Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week
Understanding sulfur: As ideological arguments over sulfur continue, chemistry is offering increasing information about its effects. Sulfur modifies the levels of phenolic and aromatic compounds and impacts color and mouthfeel. Yet winemakers still lack a reliable set of indicators to help them understand where sulfur is and isn’t helpful—hopefully that research is coming. [SevenFifty Daily]
What do you think?
What are your thoughts on these latest sales—Domaine Select and Resy?
What are you hearing from US winemakers about increasing tariffs from China and their effect on exports?
What are your favorite smaller wineries or under-the-radar wines from Texas? Where do you see the most exciting potential in the state?
From a chemistry perspective, what would you like to understand about sulfur?
What else have you been reading this week?
I'm worried Resy's pricing is about to go up, we only switched 6 months ago. When are we going to have some pricing stability when it comes to reservation systems?