French winemakers battle California wineries over name

on 25/09/12 at 10:03 am

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Drinking a Bordeaux wine from a `’chateau” is as French as swigging Kentucky bourbon is American.

But now tempers are flaring across the vineyards of France. The United States wants to sell some of its wines in the European Union with — sacrilege — a `’chateau” or “clos” label.

Is that cheating? Misappropriation? Whatever it is, the issue has the Bordelais turning claret with anger.

`’What is at stake is the respect for tradition and quality,” Laurent Gapenne of Chateau de Laville and president of the Federation des Grand Vins de Bordeaux told The Associated Press.

For American vintners, it’s a question of selling more wine in their top export market, unshackled by historic language or restrictive terms in the world of 21st century globalization.

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