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French wine exports lowest in ten years time

26/02/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

Last year French wine exports fell by almost twenty percent to 5.5 billion euros. This is the lowest level in ten years time. According to official figures from the French export agency Ubifrance the French in 2009 exported 12.5 million hectoliters of wine, 8.7 percent less than in 2008. Champagne had the largest decrease of nearly 28 percent. Bordeaux fell > Read more …

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French wine growers sell fake Pinot Noir to E & J Gallo

23/02/2010 Jozef Schildermans 3

A court in the southern French city of Carcassonne sentenced twelve wine growers from the Languedoc to suspended prison terms and effective fines. They sold 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to U.S. wine giant Ernest and Julio Gallo. The unsuspecting company sold the adulterated wine in the U.S. market under the brand name Red Bicyclette. The twelve convicts > Read more …

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2007 M. Chapoutier Coteaux du Tricastin

22/02/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 M. Chapoutier Coteaux du Tricastin – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Coteaux du Tricastin (2/11/2010)Red and black berries, aromatic spices and a whiff of alcohol on the fruit dominated nose. Lots of fruit on the palate, initially simple and sweet, but after some breathing additional hints of black chocolate and sweet spices. Refreshing acidity. Had not declined when tasted on > Read more …

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Ninety-year old Belgian wine distributor in Dutch hands

22/02/2010 Jozef Schildermans 1

The Belgian distributor of wines and spirits A & F Mampaey Wines & Sprits, founded in 1920, was bought by the Dutch Distillery Dirkzwager. Mampaey is one of the Belgian market leaders and Royal Warrant Holder. Dirkzwager also bought the Belgian distribution activities for wines and spirits from brewer Anheuser-Bush InBev, which wants to focus more on its core activities. > Read more …

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Chinese counterfeit 400.000 bottles Fitou wine

11/02/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

400,000 bottles of counterfeit Fitou wine circulate on the Chinese market. The bottles probably contain Chinese “wine”. The counterfeiters have copied the label and the bottle of the cooperative Mont Tauch, one of the major companies in the wine appellation of Fitou. Both are internationally registered. The counterfeit wine was discovered by the representative of Mont Tauch on the Chinese > Read more …