Official Downton Abbey wine to launch

Knockout Licensing teams with Wines That Rock for new range.
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US-based Wines That Rock is to launch an official range inspired by award winning TV series, Downton Abbey.

The firm - which already produces Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd-branded wine - was tasked by Knockout Licensing to recreate the rich Bordeaux wines imported by the British aristocracy from France in the early 1900s.

Bordeaux Clarets and Bordeaux Blancs bearing the Downton Abbey name will come from grapes grown on the same vines and from the same soil as those from wines in the era depicted in Downton Abbey.

The wines will be sold in single bottles and also packaged as gift sets, and will be available through distributors in the US and Canada.

"We are working with The Dulong Grands Vins De Bordeaux vineyards, which have been in the same family for five generations," said Bill Zysblat, co-owner of Wines That Rock. "They have over 130 years of experience in creating the world's best wines so these are wines the Crawley family would have been proud to serve at Downton."

Carole Postal, co-president of Knockout Licensing, added: "These will make great gifts for almost any Downton Abbey fan - especially those who like to get together with friends and enjoy a nice bottle of wine before settling downn to watch the latest episode."

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