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AOC Tricastin changes name to Grignan-Les Adhémar

11/06/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

The French Institut National de l’Origine et de la qualité (INAO) has finally approved the name change for the AOC Tricastin. The name change has been debated since July 2008, after an uranium leak in the nearby nuclear plant Tricastin (near Avignon). The new name is AOP (Appellation d’origine protégé) Grignan-Les Adhémar. The existing vin de pays Comté de Grignan > Read more …

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New Pinot Noir fraud in South of France

19/05/2010 Jozef Schildermans 1

In southern France, a new case of fraud with Pinot Noir has been discovered. The chairman and director of the cooperative winery of Coursan Armissan near Narbonne will appear Friday before the criminal court of Narbonne, reports the Midi Libre. The cooperative has distributed 10,000 hectoliters of forged Pinot Noir in the French market. The cooperative also sold false Merlot, > Read more …

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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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Robert Parker Blesses Vintage 2009

14/10/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

In his first e-mailnewsletter for subscribers of the influential American wine critic Robert Parker (left on the photo) writes very positive about vintage 2009 in France. Parker writes that in thirty years that he visited France in the autumn he has never experienced better weather than during the critical harvest months of August, September and the first half of > Read more …

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French harvest 2009: better and more

15/09/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

The harvest has begun in the vast majority of French vineyards. Thanks to a hot and dry summer 2009 is expected to be a plentiful vintage of high quality. Expectations are that French vintners will harvest more grapes than in 2008, but less grapes than predicted by the five or ten years averages. In Bordeaux, hopes are high for a > Read more …