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Beaujolais unrest

Further tensions in the Beaujolais region as the head of the trade body Sebastian Coquard stepped down this week. There had been an uneasy truce between producers and negociants in the summer over the price of the 2015 vintage. Producers believe the 2015 vintage is exceptional, but feel they have been undersold. Coquard resigned after he said he had received threats to his privacy and had been put under intolerable pressure. His belief was that Beaujolais needs to work together to reverse a curve for Beaujolais that has been dropping for 20 years. It seems that unless all parties work together, then Beaujolais sales will continue to suffer, they need to work to a united aim. Gone are the glory days where everyone joined in celebrating the arrival of Beaujolais even though it is thought to be of a much better quality these days. Although South Wales apparently still has festivities to welcome the new vintage release each November.