64 ‘Grands Crus’ sign an open letter in protest over Ministry of Health plans

Tuesday July 17 2018 by Vitisphere

Published last February, a previous open letter on the same theme ('Ms Buzyn, stop demonising wine, it is a part of French civilisation! ') was followed by a response from anti-alcohol advocates ('from the liver’s perspective, wine is alcohol!').Published last February, a previous open letter on the same theme ('Ms Buzyn, stop demonising wine, it is a part of French civilisation! ') was followed by a response from anti-alcohol advocates ('from the liver’s perspective, wine is alcohol!').

It is impossible for us to accept adding statements to our wines which refute the culture and history they stem from and which associate us with prohibited substances”, claims an open letter published on July 12 in the French newspaper ‘Le Figaro’. Sixty-four ‘Grands Crus’* are opposed to “appending pictograms related to minors and pregnant women on their wine bottles”. Mostly from Bordeaux and Burgundy, but also from Alsace, Champagne, Languedoc and Provence, the renowned properties and negociants have decided to take Health Minister Agnès Buzyn to task, suspecting her of wanting to display “lugubrious and morbid information on labels” of French wines.

As "the custodians of an exceptional heritage", of terroirs and lifestyle, the signatories denounce “the way products of excellence distributed worldwide are being turned into criminal goods by appending morbid pictograms regarding pregnant women and minors”.

An attempt to abolish alcohol consumption in France?

Advocating “education and training” about the potential hazards linked to drinking, the 64 stress a commitment by the entire wine industry to promote sensible drinking, whilst also drawing attention to their economic significance in France’s balance of trade. Their arguments align with the recent stance taken by France’s President and Prime Minister. “That is, unless the government’s ultimate goal is for alcohol consumption to be abolished in France”, says the letter.

 

* As per Le Figaro’s description. The signatories are Champagnes Agrapart & Fils, Billecart-Salmon, Philiponnat, Pol Roger, Châteaux Angélus, Ausone, Barbeyrolles, Branaire-Ducru, Cantelys, Cheval Blanc, de Fargues, Haut-Bailly, Haut-Batailley, Léoville Barton, la Tour, La Tour de l'Evêque, le Thil, Lynch-Bage, de Meursault, Ormes de Pez, Pavillon Beauregard, Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, de Puligny-Montrachet, Smith Haut Lafitte, Yquem, Domaines Alain Graillot, Armand Rousseau, Bonneau du Martray, Bruno Clair, du Cellier aux Moines, de la Charmoise, Clarence Dillon, du Clos des Fées, Comtes Lafon, Comte Sénard- Domaine Dujac, Faiveley, Huet, Leflaive, de L'Ostal, Marcel Deiss, Marquis d'Angerville, Méo-Camuzet, de Montille, Ott, du Pélican, des Perdrix, Pierre Labet, de la Romanée-Conti, Roulot, des Sénéchaux, Thibault Liger-Belair, de Trévallo, de la Vougeraie, Zind-Humbrecht, along with Héritiers du Comte Lafon, Louis Roederer, Maisons Boisset, Chapoutier, Joseph Drouhin, Louis Jadot, Louis Latour, F.E. Trimbach and Petrus.

 

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