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France Is Changing Key Wine Regulations

July 03, 2019

Since 1960, wine bottles up to three liters in volume to be consumed in France have included a colored sticker atop each cork, indicating that excise duties have been paid. Officially known as a capsule représentative des droits (CRD), and unofficially as a 'Marianne' (an image of a woman who represents the Republic), these colored labels were not required to be placed on bottles for exportation. As of this June, such stickers are no longer required. ... The wine union of Burgundy is apparently somewhat concerned about this modification ... Meanwhile, two sizable Bordeaux appellations-Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur-will likely soon likely be allowed, by the French government, to include non-Bordeaux grapes in their wine