Exports of Burgundy wines fell 10% in volume and 5% in value in the first nine months of the year, according to trade body, the BIVB (Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne).

The two main markets, the UK and US, represented 82% of the decline in volumes, which totalled 7.9m bottles.

"It's important to put this decline into perspective as 2007 was an exceptional year," said the BIVB.

It reported growth in markets such as Sweden, Canada, Australia and China, but this had little impact on the nine-month decline.

The BIVB said that September saw the dip in export volumes limited to 1.2%, while value rose by 10.5%.

It advocated "a prudent outlook" in that the economic crisis only began to make itself felt from the middle of September. It does not expect a recovery in UK and US markets in the final quarter of the year.