US wines from bought in grapes could be labelled “château”

18th September, 2012 by Lucy Shaw

A new proposal by the European Commission will allow American wines made from bought in grapes to use the term “château” on their labels if it is given the green light.

French winemakers fear the proposal, to be addressed later this month by the EC’s Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets, would destroy the meaning of the term “château” in regards to unique wines made from a specific site.

Representatives from Bordeaux have denounced the initiative as confusing to French consumers and potentially ruinous to the tradition of château wine production.

They are to meet on Monday in an attempt to coerce the French government into vetoing the initiative.

“There is a great danger that the notion of the château will disappear in France. The consumer is going to….

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One Response to “US wines from bought in grapes could be labelled “château””

  1. Esta nueva disposicion de que se permita el etiquetado de vinos norteamericanos con uvas especiales con
    el signonimo de “CHATEAU ” lo encuentro muy interesante. En todo sentido, pues en norteamerica existen
    muchas bodegas productoras de un buen excelente vino. Estos podrian ser llamados Chateau. Damos fe
    de que algunos vinos en esa condicion los hemos catado y encontrado excelente.

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