Bordeaux producers have decided to establish reserve stocks in order to limit the impact of over-supply and regulate the market.

In an exceptional move, the stocks to be put aside could represent up to 15% of the 2004 harvest working out at around 1m hectolitres. Last year's crop is estimated at approximately 6.5m hectolitres.

While Bordeaux's vineyards have the potential to produce 7m hectolitres of wines annually, in the 2003-04 season only 5.7m hectolitres was sold.

Other suggested measures to resolve the region's over-production crisis include a plan to uproot 10,000 hectares of vineyards out of a total of 127,000 hectares over the next five years in return for the French government complementing the subsidy package offered by the EU.