FRANCE: Bordeaux exports continue to rise
Exports of Bordeaux wine rose 7% in the three months to the end of February, according to figures announced yesterday (10 April) by the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux.
The increase was some good news for the majority of Bordeaux wine producers, for whom annual export volumes have stagnated at around 1.7m hectolitres, from an industry high in 1998 of over 2.4m hl. Overall export volumes for 2005 were up 3% on 2004.
The CIVB also announced that 1,800 hectares of vines in the Bordeaux area were pulled up in 2005, and that the goal for 2006 was 3,000ha.
Bordeaux not only has the most famous, most expensive wines in the world but casts a broad shadow, much to the chagrin of its competitors. Chris Losh sympathises with Bordeaux’s less famous rivals as ...
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