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In order to offer Bordeaux wine a distinct commercial advantage, police des vins code was established

13th Century - In order to offer Bordeaux wine a distinct commercial advantage, police des vins code was established

The police des vins are a system of laws and commercial customs that were established in the 13th and 14th centuries to control the commerce in wine within the Bordeaux region and the usage of its port by other places. The regulations were designed to elevate Bordeaux wine to a dominant position within the area and on the English wine market. The rules had a special impact on Languedoc wines, which could not cross the Garonne river to be marketed in Bordeaux until after December 1. Due to this, the growers missed the trade’s busiest season, when prices were at an all-time high. This significantly hurt Bordeaux wine competition.

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