French exports of wine and spirits dipped in the first half of this year, according to press reports. Le Figaro said yesterday that wine and spirits exports fell in value by 1.9% to €3.4 bln.

The value of international sales of Bordeaux wines fell by a massive 26%, the newspaper noted, with an 11% decrease in volume.

Champagne exports increased, however, by 14.2% in value and by 9.2% in volume.