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Long-running Burgundy-Beaujolais AOC disputes resolved

New rules resolving long-disputed Burgundy and Beaujolais appellation issues have at last been released.

Under the new rules white Beaujolais may no longer be labelled AOC white Burgundy.

This is one of the most contentious of the issues to be addressed; the ruling closes a loophole that some Burgundians say has been open more than 70 years.

Likewise, Beaujolais wines that meet varietal percentage criteria will be allowed to state the main grape on the label.

‘Nothing is ever simple in France, but overall this is good news,’ said Laurent Chevalier, director and winemaker for Domaine Henry Fessy.

‘Consumers will finally be able to see straight away whether their wine is made from Gamay or Pinot Noir.’

A new appellation, Côteaux Bourguignons, will replace Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire and may be applied to any red Beaujolais.

Chevalier said that he would not be re-labelling any of Fessy’s wines yet.

‘The details have changed so many times, I’m waiting until the text of the laws is carved in stone.’

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Written by Maggie Rosen

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