Jane Anson

New CIVB chief demands less government control

Alain Vironneau, who has been elected unopposed as president of CIVB, comes to the post promising conciliation but has warned government must decentralise control if the wine industry is to…

Head of INAO, Rene Renou, dies

René Renou, the president of the Institut National des Appellations d’Orgine (INAO), and one of the most influential men in French winemaking, has died aged 54.

Vironneau lined up as new CIVB chief

Alain Vironneau, current president of the Syndicate of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur, is set to take over the presidency of the CIVB.

Prodigal French winemakers return

France is celebrating its expat winemakers with a wine fair and conference bringing together all those who make their wine overseas.

CIVB President resigns in despair

Christian Delpeuch, president of the Bordeaux wine trade body, dramatically resigned today in protest at the lack of progress on the reforms needed in the region.

Chateau Guiraud to be sold

Chateau Guiraud, one of Sauternes’ top estates, is in the process of being sold, decanter.com has learned.

Veterans of Bordeaux commit memories to tape

The memories of winemaking veterans such as Philippine de Rothschild and Andre Lurton are to be preserved as recorded interviews in a new project set up by the Academy of…

Millésima launches in US

Leading Bordeaux négociant Millésima is expanding into the US market, and will be ready to trade following next month’s en primeur campaign.

World wine centre planned for the Medoc

Philippe Raoux of Bordeaux Chateau d’Arsac has drawn up plans for a multimillion euro ‘California-style’ wine centre – in the middle of the Médoc.

Only a fraction of distillation targets are met

CIVB president Christian Delpeuch has challenged producers unwilling to distil surplus stocks to ‘explain their attitude’ in the face of the ‘grave’ situation facing French wine

Renou attacks AOC failings

The appellations system is ‘losing its impact’, the INAO chief told an influential audience of wine decision-makers at Vinexpo.

New south of France AOCs

The red wines of Beaume de Venise have this week become the 14th AOC from the Côtes de Rhone region.