Top French estates protest new label plans

16th July, 2018 by Rupert Millar

More than 60 of France’s leading châteaux have written in protest to the government against proposals which could see cigarette-style warnings slapped on the front of their bottles.

The 64 producers, including Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Yquem, Cheval Blanc and Pol Roger, wrote an open letter to the French daily Le Figaro, warning that the government risked turning wine into a “criminal product” if it persisted with its plan to place large health warnings on bottles.

France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, has proposed plans to place 2cm-wide red logos on the front of wine bottles warning women against drinking during pregnancy and that it is illegal to drink if under 18-years-old.

Warnings about not drinking during pregnancy are already mandatory in French labelling laws but their size….

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