Changes to AOC Beaujolais hit producers

Changes to Beaujolais mean that 43 communes have been removed from the Burgundy appellation.

After three years work the INAO has rearranged the vineyard areas in Burgundy, meaning that 43 communes producing white wines in Beaujolais may no longer label their wines as Bourgogne Blanc.

Instead, producers in the 43 villages must label their wines as Beaujolais Blanc.

A total of 42 communes producing white wines in Beaujolais may continue to use the Burgundy AOC for their wines.

The new boundaries affect only 2% of the white wines produced in the region, representing some 250 acres of Chardonnay.

New rules also cover red wine production. Previously, nine of the Beaujolais crus (except Régnié) were allowed to label their wines as AOC Burgundy.

Now however, if a wine contains over 30% Gamay it must now be labelled as AOC Bourgogne Gamay.

Both Burgundy and Beaujolais producers may now use the new AOC Coteaux Bourguignon for their entry level wines. This will replace AOC Bourgogne Grande Ordinaire over the next few years.

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