France Debates 'Super Appellations' In Bid to Win Back Wine Drinkers

Per-Henrik Mansson, Jacob Gaffney
Issue: July 31, 2004

In an attempt to offer consumers better wines at all price points, France's government is considering radical reforms that would overhaul its celebrated but flawed appellation system. René Renou, president of the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine wine division, which oversees France's 467 appellations, surprised the country's winemakers this spring with a proposal to add "super appellations" to the 69-year-old Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) framework.

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