AWC signs distribution deal with Domaine Clarence Dillon

Antique Wine Company Philippines has secured an exclusive importation and distribution deal with Château Haut Brion owner, Domaine Clarence Dillon.

Under the terms of the deal, AWC will serve as the national agent for Haut-Brion along with Château Le Mission Haut-Brion and Château Quintus in St Emilion.

In addition, the company will exclusively distribute the Clarendelle wine brand within the Philippines, comprising of a red, white rosé and sweet wine made by the same winemaking team as the Pessac-Léognan-based first growth.

“The Philippines is a rapidly growing market that demonstrates the appetite for quality wines across Asia.

“Clarendelle is a stepping stone wine that allows consumers new to fine wine appreciation the ability to recognise the quality and complexity of traditional Bordeaux styles,” said AWC Asia’s sales manager Jean Philippe Guillot.

The Clarendelle brand was conceived and spearheaded by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, great-grandson of Clarence Dillon, the US financier who bought Haut-Brion in the 1930s.

Founded in 1989 by Stephen Williams, the London-based Antique Wine Company opened an office in the Manila last April, having formed a subsidiary company in the Philippines with a local partner.

Last year, AWC’s trading entities were amalgamated to form AWC Global; a UK PLC that is expanding into emerging fine wine markets around the world.

Last July, AWC became the sole UK agent for Pomerol’s Château Belle-Brise, which was formerly imported by The Wine Treasury.

This April, the company was accused of selling thousands of dollars worth of fake Bordeaux to Atlanta-based real-estate developer Julian LeCraw.

LeCraw filed a lawsuit against AWC for 16 counts including, breach of contract, fraud, conspiracy to defraud and negligent representation among others.

The most high-profile claimed forgery is a bottle of 1787 Yquem which LeCraw bought for nearly US$100,000 in 2006 amid much media coverage. CEO Stephen Williams strongly denies the allegations, calling them “unfounded”.

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