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Britons first to be hit by global champagne shortage

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Increasing global demand for champagne means there could soon be a worldwide shortage - with Britons likely to be the first to miss out.

Vineyard owners in eastern France are refusing to sell tens of millions of bottles stocked in their cellars because they see them as their retirement "nest-eggs".
The result is that the most prestigious French champagne houses are having trouble keeping pace with rising demand in the US and emerging markets such as Russia, China and India.
Britons are expected to be the first to miss out on champagne as global demand for the drink grows

Patrick Le Brun, head of the union of champagne vineyard owners, said Britons will be the first to feel the pinch.
"If there isn't enough to go around, the producers will prefer places where there is growth," he said.
Frederic Cumenal, president of Moet & Chandon, said: "The industry has always succeeded in coping with demand.
"Today it's no longer the case. Yields are at a maximum and we will soon hit a wall."
Global champagne sales have risen sharply in recent years, from 287million bottles in 2002 to 321million in 2006.
This year they are forecast to reach 330million, with exports to Russia alone growing by 39 per cent as the country's so-called "New Russians" bask in their new-found wealth.
But that is nothing compared to other developing countries such as China and India, where exports are growing by 50 per cent and 125 per cent respectively.
The shortfall lies in the fact only 32,600 hectares of vineyards are authorised to produce the black grapes needed for champagne.
Experts say the maximum number of bottles that can be wrung out of that land is 350million and claim the champagne industry is a victim of commercial success, strict red tape and an ingrained conservative mentality of those who grow its grapes.
They say the only way to solve the shortage in the short term is for the grape-growers in France to agree to sell the estimated 100million bottles currently maturing in cellars. A long-term solution is for more vines to be planted, although official permission is required to do so, and this is believed to be at least ten years off being granted.
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