France’s new wine regions

Elisabeth Fosso - 11-janv.-2016 13:28:56
  For the first time in history, the French wine sector experiences a mini-liberalisation with the addition of 8,000 ha of new vineyards. It represents a 1% increase of the wine growing area. The new regulation – approved by the European Commission, enables winemakers to produce a new wine "appellation" or label to be called VSIG (Vins sans Indication Géographique: Wines without Geographic Indication).   Many in the wine business criticize the new regulation and consider that it can taint the reputation of the business as a whole and the traditional notion of "terroir" as the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products. Indeed, terroir is the principle that justifies the protection of large parts of French agriculture. On the other hand, merchants and wine-producing companies believe that it will bring in new ideas and foster the development of new brands for the international market.   Eight years of tough negotiations in Brussels led to this and as of January 1 st , the rules on planting new vines in the EU have changed.       Sources: ,   © Getty images  

France is no longer the world’s largest wine producer

Elisabeth Fosso - 04-déc.-2015 12:40:22
While the French harvest outnumbered the 2014 production by 1%, it is not enough to maintain France as the world’s largest wine producer. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), Italy is now the leading wine producer with a sharp 10% increase of its production to 48,8M hl whereas France produced 47,3M hl this year. Spain ranks third as its production fell by 4% to 36,6M hl. These three countries account for 48% of the world’s production and underline the European domination. Still, France remains the largest producer for rosé with a third of the global production (7,6M hl) followed by Spain (5,5M hl) and the United States (3,5M hl). Italy comes in fourth place with 2,5M hl. In order to promote French wines in Ireland, Business France organises a trade event gathering 21 wine producers from all French wine regions. Taking place on Tuesday 19 th January at the Aviva Stadium, this professional event aims at gathering wine importers and journalists and giving them the opportunity to discover some of the renowned wines of France.         Source :, ©  

A good year for French wine despite drop in production

Myriam Kajji - 14-sept.-2015 15:13:02
The French grape harvest was slightly lower in 2015 compared to last year due to a lack of rain, but industry professionals are still expecting an exceptional vintage. The French ministry of agriculture’s figures are always eagerly awaited by wine lovers the world over, particularly since France reclaimed its status as the world’s top wine producer last year after a two-year slump due to heavy rains and low temperatures. France is on track to produce 46.5 hectolitres of wine in 2015, a decrease of 1 percent compared to 2014. France has just made its way through the third-hottest July since 1900 with less than half the rain than usual, according to French meteorologists, which impacts the size of the grapes. The ministry’s statistics department said the year’s harvest should nevertheless still be higher than the annual average for the past five years, or 45.6 million hectolitres of wine. The agriculture ministry added that recent improved meteorological conditions could even push the figures higher in the coming weeks. A very good year Despite the slight decline in volume in France, winegrowers are promising an exceptional 2015 vintage. “It’s turning into a rather good year, thanks to full ripeness, with very promising flavours and fermentation,” Jérôme Despey, president of the FranceAgriMer trade group, told AFP. While many French agricultural sectors struggled through the heat wave and ensuing drought this summer, Despey said those conditions were good for vineyards.

Caudalie opens its second boutique in Paris

Vimla Hunt - 10-sept.-2015 13:11:20
French vine extract-based skincare company Caudalie has opened a second French boutique, at the heart of the Carrousel du Louvre shopping centre in Paris. Its first opened two years ago in the rue des Francs-Bourgeois. The new outlet measures 60 square metres - a typical size for a shop in Paris, and faces the Apple store. The interior was created by BETC Design, which is in charge of all Caudalie boutiques and features raw oak throughout, including walls, shelves and banks of drawer with brass handles, inspired by the boatyards of the Bordeaux region. The centre of the shop houses a tester bar - the Bar Beauté Barrique - with ends shaped like wine barrels and work surfaces in pale marble, while the walls feature images of vines, and a large screen TV projects images from a walk beside the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Surmounting everything hangs a sculpture of grapes. ”We have chosen the Carrousel du Louvre because we feel it is a great place to present our brand for our target market, who visit the Louvre museum and who want to obtain natural cosmetic products that are made in France,” Emily le Moult, in charge of publicity at Caudalie, told Cosmetic Business. She added: “Our whole range is available in the boutique.” Caudalie also has boutiques in New York, Los Angeles and London, and is continuing to develop its network worldwide, according to le Moult. “This year, another Parisian boutique will open its doors as well as a boutique in Germany,” she said. Among other treatments, the Carrousel de Louvre shop will offer 10-minute facials (Le Soin Beauté) without appointment, and a hand scrub treatment with massage.

Caudalie partners with Harvard University for a new patent

Vimla Hunt - 05-août-2015 12:27:26
The French cosmetics label, founded by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas and soon to celebrate its 20th anniversary, has recently registered a patent together with Harvard University regarding a new anti-ageing technology. Research carried out by Dr David Sinclairs laboratory at Harvard Medical School (HMS) has demonstrated a synergy between resveratrol, chiefly present in vine shoots, and a hyaluronic acid micro-complex. This association stimulates the HAS2 gene and actually allows the production of natural hyaluronic acid, but also that of collagen and elastin.   This research is protected by a patent registered jointly by Caudalies researchers and the Office of Technology Development (OTD) at Harvard University, who have granted Caudalie the exclusive right to use the patent in the cosmetics, dietary supplements and cosmetic injections sectors. The research has led to the creation of the new Resveratrol Lift anti-ageing line. The range features four products: a serum (€45 for 30 ml), a night cream, a firming fluid and an eye-firming balm (€34 for 15 ml). The line will replace the Vinexpert product range in October. For its part, Caudalie spas will offer a face treatment cream derived from this new range.   On July 8th, at the press conference for the launch of Resveratrol Lift, Mathilde Thomas also announced that, after living in New York for five years, she will move be moving with her family to Hong Kong. Caudalie thereby wishes to develop in Asia. 

Former Bully label to open outlet in Paris

Marine Vicenzotti - 31-mars-2014 12:34:39
The former French perfume label Bully, famous for its perfumed vinegars, has been relaunched as Buly, a fragrance brand and retail concept in Paris. Revitalised by Victoire de de Taillac, founder of the French Beauty Club, and her husband, designer Ramdane Touhami, the outlet opened on 25 March at 6 rue de Bonaparte in the 6th arrondissement. Designed to look like an 18th century apothecary, the shop will stock beauty brands from all over the world but also the firm’s own brand. The plush interior is finished with ornate oak and walnut drawers and cupboard fronts, with a marble countertop, faux-marble floor in cream and turquoise and a sink with a bronze tap in the shape of a swan’s head. Pomades, oils and perfumes are housed in apothecary-style jars on shelves with wooden edging that creates a niche effect. Made in a laboratory in Normandy, the firm’s private label products will contain no “polluting components”, in the spirit of the original company, as the firm’s representative Marie Gaillard Serceau told Cosmetic News Weekly. The perfumes will be alcohol-free, the soaps will contain no glycerin and all products will be free of parabens, silicon and phenoxyethanol. The original Bully pharmacy was founded in 1803 at 67 rue Montorgueil and offered skin care, beauty and hygiene products. Source: ECM, 31/03/2014

France: first artificial heart transplant

Marine Vicenzotti - 08-janv.-2014 17:29:27
An artificial heart has been transplanted into a patient for the first time in medical history, it was announced today. French medics said that a male patient was awake and responding well following Wednesday’s ground-breaking operation at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris. Marcello Conviti, head of the Carmat biomedical firm, said: ‘We are delighted with this first implant, although it is premature to draw conclusions given that a single implant has been performed and that we are in the early postoperative phase.’ Mr Conviti said the artificial heart, which is three times the weight of a real one, would beat for at least five years. Heart-assistance devices have frequently been used for patients waiting for transplants, but the new bioprosthetic device will replace the real heart. It will help thousands of people who are die each year while waiting for a donor, including many in Ireland. Surgeon Alain Carpentier said: ‘It’s about giving patients a normal social life with the least dependence on medication as possible. ‘We’ve already seen these types of device of this type but they had a relatively low autonomy. This heart will allow for more movement and less clotting. The study that is starting is being very closely watched in the medical field.’ ‘This news brings great pride to France,’ said the Marisol Touraine, French health minister .’It shows we are pioneers in healthcare, that we can invent, that we can carry an innovation that will also bring great hope to plenty of people.’ In 2005, surgeons in France performed the first face transplant, and they are always trying to push back research frontiers. Developed by a team of engineers from Airbus parent company EADS, the artificial heart weighs 2 lb - almost three times as much as an average healthy human heart. It is expected to cost around £150,000 if it is made widely available. The device mimics heart muscle contractions and contains sensors that adapt the blood flow to the patient’s moves. The artificial heart is powered by external, wearable lithium-ion batteries. Inside the heart, surfaces that come into contact with human blood are made partly from bovine tissue instead of synthetic materials such as plastic that can cause blood clots. Heart failure affects more men than women, and the size of the artificial heart means it can fit in 86 percent of men but only around 20 percent of women. But Carmat says it can manufacture a smaller version to fit the smaller bodies of women as well as patients in India and China. Source:
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