The aid for enrichment is coming to an end and this does not suit them at all. “It is urgent to find a solution to the end of the aid for concentrated musts for the next campaign”, explained Michel Servage, the president of the French country wines confederation. One of the courses of action mentioned by France would be to allow, by way of derogation and for a renewable annual period, the South wine areas to chaptalize. The regulation of the common market organisation (CMO) authorises it.
Michel Servage also raises “the risk of imbalance of the wine market. The rectified concentrated musts market accounts for between 3 and 5 million hectolitres. If this market is no longer guaranteed, these hectolitres will end up in the wine market”.
With an abundance of arguments behind it, the French country wines federation requests that a measure ensure fairness between the wine areas which are chaptalizing and those which are using must for enrichment. “This could either go through an assistance in the use, as has been the case until now, or an assistance in the production in order to limit the sale price of these rectified concentrated musts”, adds the president of the French country wines confederation. At the moment, the public authorities have not supplied an answer to this demand.