France Is Changing Key Wine Regulations
Jul 18, 2019 07:10 AM EDT | By Staff Reporter
Whether due to bureaucratic clutter or anticipation of a sunnier climate-France is changing key wine regulations. Since 1960, wine bottles up to three liters in volume to be consumed in France have included a colored sticker atop each cork, indicating that excise duties have been paid.
Officially known as a capsule représentative des droits (CRD), and unofficially as a 'Marianne' (an image of a woman who represents the Republic), these colored labels were not required to be placed on bottles for exportation. As of this June, such stickers-previously required by the Directorate General of Customs-are no longer required. This will ease costs and complications that resulted from producers needing separate bottling lines.