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Chaptalization or addition of concentrated grape must – a political fight

The biggest IGP appellation in France, the IGP Pays d’Oc, has allied itself with the two largest European manufacturers of concentrated grape must. Together they will fight against chaptalization and the unbalanced competition the they believe exist between the wine producers that are allowed to chaptalize (adding sugar) and the wine regions that instead add […]

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Sugar or concentrated grape must? What to put in the wine? Why?

The question of chaptalisation versus enrichment with concentrated grape must continue to stir up emotions in southern France. At the Vins IGP congress recently the producers lamented the fact that the state subsidies for enrichment with concentrated grape must has been removed. Chaptalization, meaning enrichment with regular sugar, is much cheaper, but prohibited in the […]

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Sugar or grape must in the wine? Yes? No? Maybe?

The discussion concerning who is allowed to chaptalise and who instead must use concentrated grape must to enrich their wine has been going on in France all year. Two ways to do enrichment. To chaptalize means adding regular sugar to the must. But whether adding sugar or concentrated grape must, the result is the same. […]

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Mout Concentre Rectifie, MCR, concetrated grape juice

No more subsidies for enrichment. Forbid it, that’s what should be done!

Confédération française des vins de pays (CFVDP, an association for French Vin de Pays-producers) had a congress earlier this June and they discussed among other things the discontinuing of subsidies to enrich wines with concentrated grape must (MCR). La Vigne reports that CFVDP are against the subsidies being discontinued (big surprise…) and that it finds […]

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