Just-published decrees for PGI sparkling wines already under fire from Crémants

Friday December 15 2017 by Vitisphere

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Better late than never – the Ministry of Agriculture has just approved and published production specifications for sparkling wines in the French Official Journal for the following Protected Geographical Indications: Vin des Allobroges, Pays d’Oc, Comté Tolosan and Coteaux de l’Ain.

Approved in October by the national PGI board of the National Institute for Origin and Quality (INAO), the production specifications pave the way for an initial wave of PGI sparkling wines in 2017. Official publication before December 12 allows producers to declare production for 2017 – a fact that was reiterated by Pays d’Oc firms, whose patience was wearing thin, during their recent AGM.

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Designed to herald the arrival of a new range of French sparkling wines, the decrees will nevertheless be the target of new attacks by the National Crémant Producers’ Federation (FNPEC), which had anticipated the decision: “We had already taken the lead and contacted the relevant departments so that the matter can be brought before the Council of State in due course, in the absence of discussions with PGI executives. Once again, it’s a shame”, said FNPEC director Olivier Sohler. “Our four interventions are therefore already scheduled as we feel that once again, our views on the matter have not been taken on board”.

This will be the third time the Crémant Federation has legally contested PGI sparkling wines, after its hearing regarding 36 decrees in 2011, and a further 7 in 2015. 

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