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Nuclear neighbour prompts name change for Tricastin

France’s Coteaux du Tricastin appellation has won the right to change its name to avoid associations with an accident-prone nuclear power plant in the area.

Subject to last-minute objections, the INAO will now allow producers to label their wines with the new name, Grignan-Les Adhemar, with effect from the 2010 vintage.

The victory caps a two-year campaign by growers in the region, who have seen their sales plummet following a series of problems at the Tricastin nuclear power station.

Tricastin became notorious following a uranium leak from the plant in July 2008.

Producers have stressed that subsequent tests found no radiation effects on vineyards in the area.

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Written by Richard Woodard

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