New year, new tariffs: French wine & cognac hit by new US trade tax

A grape harvest in France's Bordeaux region
A grape harvest in France's Bordeaux region © FRANCE 24

In another blow to French wine producers, the United States has expanded the list of products it's hitting with tariffs to include all French and German wines – except for champagne – as well as cognacs. It's part of a long-running dispute between the European Union and the US over subsidies to planemakers. We speak to French winemaker Bérénice Lurton, the owner of Chateau Climens in the Bordeaux region.


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