Bordeaux wine sales in the year to the end of July have registered a slight lift, according to recent figures.

The Conseil interprofessionnel du vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) said yesterday (22 October) that overall sales of Bordeaux wine rose by 3% in volume, to a total 5.67m hectolitres, and 4% in value to EUR1.28bn (US$1.82bn) for the period.

Increases in domestic sales volumes, however, were only up 0.4% on last year to 3.8m hectolitres.

"The objective now is to increase the level and the amount of wine we export, which is still less than 40%," said Alain Vironneau, CIVB president.

Bordeaux's export market currently accounts for 32% of sales, while the remaining 68% is domestic.

Separately, Vironneau has called for more power to be decentralised to France's individual wine regions, along the lines of New World winemaking countries. Bordeaux's future should not be decided by regulatory groups based in Paris, he said.