Wine producers in Burgundy say the current financial crisis has caused a slump in sales to its biggest importer – Britain.
According to the Burgundy wine board, sales fell by 23 per cent in September. The board’s spokesman, Cecile Mathiaud, said: “For three years, the climate in Britain was euphoric. Banks, the business world and high-class restaurants took everything we had without looking at the costs.”
“Now we get the feeling that a page has turned and the UK is no longer an Eldorado. The English are counting their pennies.”
Burgundy relies heavily on its exports, with just over half of its wine shipped abroad. The US has also traditionally been a big customer.
The region is relatively small, producing five times less wine than Bordeaux, but it counts some of the world’s top wines among its 100 appellations, such as Romanee-Conti, Pommard and Chablis.
by Andy Moreton