From County Down to downtown Manhattan, Jim Clerkin has moved around, and systematically up, in the world. Jim Clerkin has had a relationship with Hennessy since before he was born. His brand — Hennessy. But of all the kids in County Down whose fathers or mothers drank the same mix, Clerkin is the only one to head a division of the brand. Now, his responsibility has been extended to Canada and Mexico, creating the North America division. He began working for Guinness in Northern Ireland in , spending 18 years with the company and rising in the ranks until becoming sales director and joining the board at
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The reign of King Louis XV coincided with increased demand for sparkling wine. Their best-selling brand, Brut Imperial, was introduced in the s. Their best known label , Dom Perignon , is named for the Benedictine monk remembered in legend as the "Father of Champagne". It is a vintage champagne, meaning that it is only made in the best years, and all grapes used to make the wine are harvested in the same year. Many champagnes, by contrast, are non-vintage, meaning that the champagne is made from grapes harvested in various years.
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Armand de Brignac, known familiarly as Ace of Spades because of its distinctive label, is produced in France's Champagne region by a father and son who are 12th and 13th generation wine growers. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, gave the brand a boost in when he featured one of their bottles in a music video after a public fallout with Cristal, a rival brand. Carter accused Cristal of racism after an executive for the brand mused in an interview about whether partnering with a rapper would harm its image. In , Carter bought Armand de Brignac for an undisclosed sum. The brand sold more than , bottles worldwide in
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