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GLOBAL: Frenchman Bénard elected head of OIV wine body

7 July 2009

Yves Bénard is to become the first Frenchman to lead the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) for more than 40 years.

FRANCE: Spirits body names new president

7 July 2009

French spirits body Fédération Française des Spiritueux has named Jean-Pierre Lacarrière as its new president.

FRANCE: St Emilion de-classification saga could drag on

18 March 2009

French wine body the Conseil des Vins de Saint-Emilion (CVSE) is lobbying the Ministry of Agriculture to appeal to France’s Council of State over a recent court decision confirming the scrapping of the 2006 St Emilion classification.

Report in Focus - Champagne sales in tune with the times

13 February 2009

It was hardly a huge surprise when the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne reported a decline in Champagne sales for 2008 last week. And the announcement coincides with publication of a new just-drinks/IWSC report on the Champagne market which forecasts more tough times to come. Ben Cooper reports.

FRANCE: INAO approves Champagne region revision

14 March 2008

To a backdrop of growing global demand, the national committee of French AOC validating body, the INAO, has unanimously approved a project to enlarge the production zone of Champagne which until now has been restricted by legislation dating back to 1927.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

14 March 2008

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FRANCE: Consumer association raises doubts over AOCs

7 September 2007

The French wine industry’s AOC classification system has come under fire from the consumer rights association UFC-Que Choisir.

Spotlight - Champenois mull over expansion as demand rises

5 June 2007

Champagne has a problem very few wine regions currently face. It does not make enough wine to meet demand. Many believe the only way forward is to expand the vineyard area but, writes Chris Losh, expansion would be a political minefield and not all agree that it is the best course of action in any case.

FRANCE: Winemakers protest at INAO reforms

31 May 2007

A group of 80 French winemakers yesterday (30 May) occupied the Paris headquarters of French regulatory body INAO (Institut national de l'origine et de la qualité) in protest against its reform of wine quality control systems.

FRANCE: INAO posts are now filled

9 May 2007

With the latest announcement of the new director of INAO (Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité) as Marion Zalay, all key posts are now filled.

FRANCE: Champagne houses mull production extension

10 April 2007

Faced with growing demand and limited supply, Champagne growers are mulling extending the existing production hectarage by just under 10%.

FRANCE: LVMH executive takes INAO top job

12 February 2007

Yves Bénard, general director of the wine and champagne division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has today (12 February) been appointed to lead the INAO (Institut National de l'Origine et de la qualité).

FRANCE: White Armagnac set to go on sale

6 February 2007

A new-style Armagnac will be on offer to consumers in France this year.

COMMENT: INAO change raises French reform hopes

31 January 2007

The news that Yves Bénard is the front-runner for the top job at the INAO is good news for reformers in the French wine industry.

FRANCE: LVMH exec sounded out over INAO post

29 January 2007

The general director of the wine and Champagne division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton looks to be the front runner to take charge of the Institut National de l'Origine et de la qualité.

FRANCE: Bordeaux rejects AOC split proposals

18 January 2007

Bordeaux winemakers have unanimously rejected French government proposals to split the existing AOC category in two.

FRANCE: Champagne production yields set to rise

2 January 2007

French appellations body, the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO), has raised the limit on Champagne production yields.

FRANCE: AOC wood chips ban in doubt amid INAO revamp

14 December 2006

The French regulatory body for AOC wines, the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine), is being reorganised to focus on quality control.

FRANCE: Bordeaux urges government backing of EU reform

6 December 2006

Bordeaux wine professionals fear that proposed EU reforms of the wine industry could be hijacked by a French government keen on micro-managing wine production. “The government is showing reluctance towards the reforms, whereas we are in full favour,” said Allan Sichel, president of the Bordeaux négociants federation.

FRANCE: INAO approves regional Languedoc AOC

22 November 2006

The French wine appellations body, the INAO, has approved the transformation of the Languedoc AOC with its production area enlarged to include all of the AOC appellations in Languedoc Roussillon.

FRANCE: Wood chips get AOC ban

13 November 2006

The use of wood chips in French AOC winemaking has been banned despite recent support for their use by the French government.

FRANCE: INAO approves four more appellations

13 September 2006

The French wine appellations body, the INAO, has approved four new appellations.

FRANCE: Saint Emilion classifications named

7 September 2006

The French wine regulator, INAO, has today (7 September) announced the new classifications for Saint Emilion wines.

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