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醉美酒业|Another Blow for Burgundy Winemakers 葡萄酒成洗手液?

醉美酒业|Another Blow for Burgundy Winemakers 葡萄酒成洗手液?

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醉美酒业|Another Blow for Burgundy Winemakers 葡萄酒成洗手液?


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Burgundy producers get another slap in the face – this time from their own government.
Winemakers have reacted with horror to a French government plan that would see millions of gallons of precious Burgundy turned into hand sanitizer, the second blow they have received this week.
According to French news agency AFP, Burgundy winemakers gave a thumbs down this week to a government package of financial relief for lost sales from the 25 percent tariff imposed by US President Donald Trump. The tariff was imposed last October after Washington won a long-running battle at the World Trade Organization over state subsidies to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
The move took a heavy toll, with US imports of French wine dropping nearly half almost immediately, and Burgundy producers were especially hard hit, AFP reported.
"We're not happy," said Thiebault Huber, president of the federation of official Burgundy appellations after France's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire announced a raft of measures to help winemakers reeling from the double blow of tariffs and the Covid-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the BIVB announced that sales could fall by as much as half thanks to the restrictions around restaurants and bars caused by the pandemic.
Earlier this week, Le Maire announced that payroll taxes and other business charges would be waived for French winemakers hit by lost sales to the huge American market. The government also said it would also let producers distill up to two million hectoliters (equivalent to nearly 1.7 million barrels) of their excess stock into ethanol – which can be used to make sanitising hand gel during the coronavirus crisis. The government will buy the ethanol at a guaranteed price, for a total of €140 million ($150m).
But unlike many other winemakers in France, Burgundy producers generally have little trouble selling as much of their prized whites and reds as they can make – and, in some cases, can pretty much name their price. Burgundy produces the most expensive wines on earth, with some topping $20,000 a bottle.
They also have some of the biggest overseas sales – around half of all Burgundy wine is exported, and the US is the biggest buyer, with 20 percent of the total.
The government offer valued the distillable wine wine at just €70 per hectoliter, or 70 cents a liter. Given the average price for even the most basic Bourgogne Rouge currently sits at $28 a bottle on average, the producers' objections are understandable.
"We're not interested in distillation," said Huber, adding that he was "furious".
Louis-Fabrice Latour, head of the growers' professional body the BIVB, agreed.
"We don't have any excess production in Burgundy. We only have two years' worth of stocks, so we don't distill."
"What we want is help for our exports," he said, adding that Burgundy sales outside France had fallen 8.7 percent by value in the first quarter.
Trump targeted French along with British, German and Spanish wines with the tariff, and his administration later threatened whopping 100 percent tariffs on all European wine imports.
French wine associations last week had urged the government to unblock €500m in aid, including a bigger emergency distillation plan for up to 3m hectolitres.
They have also denounced the apparent lack of progress on an EU compensation package of €250 million to help offset the Trump tariffs.
"We're putting billions of euros into Air France or Airbus, but we're not helping a sector in peril," Huber said.





法国财政大臣Bruno Le Maire近期宣布推出一系列措施来帮助生产商摆脱关税和新冠疫情的双重打击,勃艮第法定产区联合会主席Tiebault Huber对此表示:“我们不高兴。”
上周早些时候,Le Maire宣布,对于在美国市场上的销售损失而遭受打击的法国生产商将免除工资税和其他经营费用。政府还表示,将允许生产商将库存的多达2亿升(相当于近170万桶)葡萄酒蒸馏为乙醇,可用于在疫情期间生产洗手凝胶。政府将以承诺价格购买乙醇,总金额为1.4亿欧元。
BIVB主席Louis-Fabrice Latour表示赞同。“勃艮第葡萄酒没有多余的产量。我们只有两年的库存,因此我们不会蒸馏。我们想要的是对出口的援助。”他补充说,今年第一季度,勃艮第在法国以外的销售额下降了8.7%。








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