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At last, France's notoriously stubborn wine producers are considering a shake-up of their outmoded classification system. Plus, the perfect recipe for a cooked oyster

By Alex Renton   March 2007

New hope for French wine?

France is on the brink of a step that may end a quarter-century of decline in its wine industry. The notoriously stubborn French producers have been spurred by some dreadful statistics in a study commissioned by Vinexpo, the French-run international wine show. These include the fact that by 2010 their countrymen will be drinking less wine overall than America, and in consumption per head are due to be overtaken by the Italians. Jean-Marie Chadronnier, a Bordeaux wine-maker and president of Vinexpo, said in February that the French are now drinking half as much wine as…

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