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The Chinese authorities have agreed to recognise all Bordeaux AOC still wines as Geographical Indications (GIs).

China recognised the Bordeaux appellation last year

China recognised the 'Bordeaux' appellation last year

The move follows the country's recognition of the general 'Bordeaux' appellation last year. Today's announcement includes almost 50 individual appellations, including Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Saint-Estèphe and Graves Supérieures. 

Authorities in China will now be able to fight misuse of the names more effectively, the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) said.

China is the leading export market for Bordeaux wines in both volume and value terms. According to the CIVB, the country accounts for a quarter of all Bordeaux exports.

The trade association began work to register the appellations in 2011. 

"The common views between China and France concerning the importance of the GIs as well as the constant support from the Ministry of Agriculture and the French embassy substantially contributed to the successful outcome of this issue," said CIVB president Bernard Farges.

So far, China has only recognised five GIs for wine and spirits: Cognac, Champagne, Napa Valley, Scotch whisky and Tequila. 

For a full list of Bordeaux still wine appellations, click here.

Earlier this week, the 'La Cité du Vin' wine exhibition opened in Bordeaux.


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