Bordeaux wines are set for a new promotional blitz. The area's wine industry body, Conseil Interprofessionel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB), has launched a new campaign under the slogan "100 Bordeaux wines below €15" (US$20), it was reported last Friday (26 November).

Contrary to the widely-held view that Bordeaux wines are expensive, only 5% of them cost more than €15, CIVB president, Christian Delpeuch, said. CIVB has asked five local wine guide publishers - Hachette, Bettane & Desseauve, Gerbelle e& Maurange, Gault & Millau and Guide des Sommeliers - to choose 100 Bordeaux wines at a price of below €15 to be included in a brochure. The brochure will be presented at PR conferences in London, New York, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, Brussels, Tokyo, Shanghai and Moscow.

A total of 70% of CIVB's annual budget of €21m is dedicated to promotion and advertisement. The organisation also plans to allocate around 20 licences for wine tasting professional schools outside France in the next five years.

But these measures are not enough to pull the Bordeaux wine industry out of crisis, Delpeuch warned. Wine production in the region should be reduced by 1m hectolitres per year, corresponding to 15% of overall production, Delpeuch said.

The reduction has to be carried out via the uprooting of vines even if the French government and the local authorities refuse to increase the €6,300 aid per hectare for the uprooting, he added.