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English edition            Information and Notices                                                                                                                                                                                                     7 February 2020



Contents

                  IV   Notices


                       NOTICES FROM EUROPEAN UNION INSTITUTIONS, BODIES, OFFICES AND AGENCIES


                           European Commission

2020/C 42/01               Euro exchange rates — 6 February 2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                       1


                       NOTICES FROM MEMBER STATES

2020/C 42/02               Notification pursuant to Article 114, paragraph 4 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European
                           Union — National measures which are more stringent than provisions of an EU harmonisation
                           measure (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     2



                  V    Announcements


                       PROCEDURES RELATING TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPETITION POLICY


                           European Commission

2020/C 42/03               Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9751 — Elliot/Apollo/EP Energy) Candidate case for
                           simplified procedure (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        4


                       OTHER ACTS


                           European Commission

2020/C 42/04               Publication of a communication of approval of a standard amendment to the product specification for a
                           name in the wine sector referred to in Article 17(2) and (3) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU)
                           2019/33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6




EN                         (2) Text with EEA relevance.
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2020/C 42/05   Publication of a communication of approval of a standard amendment to the product specification for a
               name in the wine sector referred to in Article 17(2) and (3) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU)
               2019/33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14

2020/C 42/06   Publication of a communication of approval of a standard amendment to the product specification for a
               name in the wine sector referred to in Article 17(2) and (3) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU)
               2019/33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   22
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                                                                           IV
                                                                      (Notices)


             NOTICES FROM EUROPEAN UNION INSTITUTIONS, BODIES, OFFICES AND
                                      AGENCIES



                                             EUROPEAN COMMISSION


                                                            Euro exchange rates (1)
                                                                  6 February 2020

                                                                   (2020/C 42/01)


     1 euro =

                  Currency                               Exchange rate                Currency                 Exchange rate

     USD          US dollar                                      1,1003         CAD   Canadian dollar               1,4610

     JPY          Japanese yen                             120,87               HKD   Hong Kong dollar              8,5420

     DKK          Danish krone                                   7,4725         NZD   New Zealand dollar            1,6994

     GBP          Pound sterling                                 0,84835        SGD   Singapore dollar              1,5233
                                                                                KRW   South Korean won         1 301,78
     SEK          Swedish krona                             10,5550
                                                                                ZAR   South African rand          16,3028
     CHF          Swiss franc                                    1,0715
                                                                                CNY   Chinese yuan renminbi         7,6676
     ISK          Iceland króna                            138,10
                                                                                HRK   Croatian kuna                 7,4563
     NOK          Norwegian krone                           10,1288
                                                                                IDR   Indonesian rupiah       15 000,81
     BGN          Bulgarian lev                                  1,9558
                                                                                MYR   Malaysian ringgit             4,5349
     CZK          Czech koruna                              24,893
                                                                                PHP   Philippine peso             55,817
     HUF          Hungarian forint                         336,76
                                                                                RUB   Russian rouble              69,4575
     PLN          Polish zloty                                   4,2451         THB   Thai baht                   34,197
     RON          Romanian leu                                   4,7655         BRL   Brazilian real                4,6553
     TRY          Turkish lira                                   6,5886         MXN   Mexican peso                20,4852
     AUD          Australian dollar                              1,6282         INR   Indian rupee                78,2845




     (1) Source: reference exchange rate published by the ECB.
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                                           NOTICES FROM MEMBER STATES


             Notification pursuant to Article 114, paragraph 4 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European
              Union — National measures which are more stringent than provisions of an EU harmonisation
                                                          measure

                                                      (Text with EEA relevance)

                                                           (2020/C 42/02)



     (1)   By letter of 29 November 2019, which reached the Commission on 29 November 2019, Germany notified the
           Commission of its wish to maintain national provisions for solid fuel boilers. The national provision concerned the
           following points:

           — Point (1) of section 5 of the German Regulation on small and medium-sized combustion units [Verordnung über
             kleine und mittlere Feuerungsanlagen] of 26 January 2010, (thereafter the ‘1st BImSchV’) which sets emission
             limit values for particulate matter. It differs from the values and measurement methodology applicable from
             1 January 2020 pursuant to Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 of 28 April 2015 implementing Directive
             2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for solid
             fuel boilers (‘Regulation (EU) 2015/1189’) (1).

           — Point (1) of section 4 of the ‘1st BImSchV’, in conjunction with section 3, which provides an exhaustive list of
             fuels that may be used in firing installations. Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 does not contain such an exhaustive list.

           — Point (4) of section 5 of the ‘1st BImSchV’ requiring hot water storage tanks to be provided with solid fuel boilers.
             Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 does not contain such a requirement.

           — Section 14 and point (1) of section 15 of the ‘1st BImSchV’ related to the monitoring of new and significantly
             modified combustion units. Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 imposes requirements at the time of placing solid fuel
             boilers on the market and does not contain provisions for their further monitoring.


     (2)   Harmonised rules for ecodesign requirements for solid fuel boilers are set in Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1189
           implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009
           establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products.


           Directive 2009/125/EC provides for the setting of requirements which the energy-related products covered by
           implementing measures must fulfil in order to be placed on the market and/or put into service. It contributes to
           sustainable development by increasing energy efficiency and the level of protection of the environment, while at the
           same time increasing the security of the energy supply. The Directive is based on Article 95 of the Treaty
           establishing the European Community (now Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European
           Union — TFEU).


           The Directive sets out in Article 6, paragraph 1, that Member States shall not prohibit, restrict or impede the placing
           on the market and/or putting into service, within their territories, of a product that complies with all the relevant
           provisions of the applicable implementing measure and bears the CE marking on grounds of ecodesign requirements
           relating to those ecodesign parameters referred to in Annex I, Part 1 of the said Directive which are covered by the
           applicable implementing measure.


           The purpose of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 is the setting of eco-design requirements for solid fuel
           boilers, including limit values for the emission of particulate matter. The combined effect of the ecodesign
           requirements set out in that Commission Regulation and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/1187 of
           27 April 2015 supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to
           energy labelling of solid fuel boilers and packages of a solid fuel boiler, supplementary heaters, temperature controls
           and solar devices (2) is estimated to result by 2030 in a reduction of 10 kilotonnes of annual emissions of particulate
           matter.

     (1) OJ L 193, 21.7.2015, p. 100.
     (2) OJ L 193, 21.7.2015, p. 43.
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           For solid fuel boilers with a rated output of 500 kilowatts or less, Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 stipulates
           that from 1 January 2020, seasonal space heating emissions of particulate matter shall not be higher than 40 mg/m3
           for automatically stoked boilers and not be higher than 60 mg/m3 for manually stoked boilers, standardised to a dry
           flue gas basis at 10 % oxygen and standard conditions at 0 °C and 1 013 millibar.

     (3)   The 1st BImSchV entered into force on 22 March 2010 and applies to small and medium-sized combustion units,
           including solid fuel boilers with a rated output of 500 kilowatts or less. It provides that the emission of particulate
           matter at full load, for combustion units for solid fuels with a nominal heat output of 4 kilowatts or more, shall not
           exceed, for units constructed after 31 December 2014, 20 mg/m3, standardised to an oxygen volume content of 13 %.

     (4)   Germany considers that existing national provisions are more stringent than those of Commission Regulation (EU)
           2015/1189 and that their maintenance is justified both by major needs within the meaning of Article 36 TFEU, in
           particular the protection of human health, and by the protection of the environment.

           Germany points out that the reduction of the level of ambition set out by the 1st BImSchV would threaten air quality
           in Germany, contradicting the objective of improving the environmental performance of solid fuel boilers.

           The deterioration of air quality would be contrary to Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the
           Council of 21 May 2008 on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (3) which requires Member States
           pursuant to Article 12 to maintain the levels of particulate matter below the limit values and to endeavour to
           preserve the best ambient air quality, compatible with sustainable development.

           Germany also emphasizes that applying the limits set in Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 in relation to the
           emission of particulate matter would also jeopardise its ability to fulfil its obligations under Directive (EU)
           2016/2284 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 on the reduction of national
           emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants, amending Directive 2003/35/EC and repealing Directive
           2001/81/EC (4).

           Germany considers that the existing level of protection of health and life of humans, animals and plants within the
           meaning of Article 36 TFEU cannot be maintained in the Federal Republic of Germany when applying the
           requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1189.

     (5)   The Commission will process the German notification in accordance with Article 114(4) and (6) TFEU. Article 114
           (4) provides that if, after the adoption of an EU harmonisation measure, a Member State wishes to maintain its more
           stringent national provisions on grounds of major needs referred to in Article 36 TFEU or relating to the protection
           of the environment or the working environment, it shall notify them to the Commission indicating the reasons for
           maintaining them. Following the notification of the German provisions the Commission has 6 months to approve
           or reject them. In this period the Commission will verify whether the German provisions can be considered
           measures existing prior to harmonisation and derogating from the harmonisation rules. In the affirmative, the
           Commission will check if their maintenance is justified on grounds of major needs referred to in Article 36 TFEU or
           relating to the protection of the environment, whether or not they constitute a means of arbitrary discrimination or a
           disguised restriction on trade and whether or not they create an unnecessary and disproportionate obstacle to the
           functioning of the internal market.

     (6)   Any party who wishes to provide comments on this notification must send them to the Commission within 30 days
           from the publication of this notice. Any comment submitted after this period will not be taken into account.

     (7)   Further details about the German notification can be obtained from:

           European Commission

           Directorate-General for Energy

           DG ENER — Unit C4 Energy Efficiency: Buildings and products

           Tel. +32 22983831

           Email: ENER-C4-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu




     (3) OJ L 152, 11.6.2008, p. 1.
     (4) OJ L 344, 17.12.2016, p. 1.
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                                                                          V
                                                                   (Announcements)


                PROCEDURES RELATING TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPETITION
                                         POLICY



                                              EUROPEAN COMMISSION


                                                    Prior notification of a concentration
                                                 (Case M.9751 — Elliot/Apollo/EP Energy)
                                                  Candidate case for simplified procedure

                                                               (Text with EEA relevance)

                                                                   (2020/C 42/03)


     1. On 31 January 2020, the Commission received notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of
     Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1).
     This notification concerns the following undertakings:
     — Apollo Capital Management, L.P. (‘Apollo’, USA),
     — Elliot Investment Management, L.P. (‘Elliot’, USA),
     — EP Energy Corporation (‘EP Energy’, USA).

     Elliot and Apollo acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) and 3(4) of the Merger Regulation joint control of EP Energy.

     The concentration is accomplished by way of purchase of shares.

     2.    The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:
     — Apollo invests in companies and debt issued by companies involved in various businesses throughout the world, by way
       of investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo.
     — Elliot is an investment firm focussed on investment and risk management activities.
     — EP Energy is an independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition and development of
       onshore oil and natural gas infrastructures in the US. EP Energy is currently solely controlled by Apollo.

     3. On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the
     Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.

     Pursuant to the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under the Council
     Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (2) it should be noted that this case is a candidate for treatment under the procedure set out
     in the Notice.

     4. The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to
     the Commission.

     Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. The following
     reference should always be specified:

     (1) OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘Merger Regulation’).
     (2) OJ C 366, 14.12.2013, p. 5.
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     Case M.9751 — Elliot/Apollo/EP Energy

     Observations can be sent to the Commission by email, by fax, or by post. Please use the contact details below:

     Email: COMP-MERGER-REGISTRY@ec.europa.eu

     Fax +32 22964301

     Postal address:

     European Commission
     Directorate-General for Competition
     Merger Registry
     1049 Bruxelles/Brussel
     BELGIQUE/BELGIË
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                                                          OTHER ACTS



                                         EUROPEAN COMMISSION


              Publication of a communication of approval of a standard amendment to the product specification
                 for a name in the wine sector referred to in Article 17(2) and (3) of Commission Delegated
                                                  Regulation (EU) 2019/33

                                                           (2020/C 42/04)


     This communication is published in accordance with Article 17(5) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 (1).


                                    COMMUNICATION OF APPROVAL OF A STANDARD AMENDMENT

                                                   ‘Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire’

                                                       PDO-FR-A0495-AM01

                                                Date of communication: 8.11.2019

                             DESCRIPTION OF AND REASONS FOR THE APPROVED AMENDMENT

     1.   Geographical area
          Following a revision of the geographical area for the ‘Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire’ designation,
          two municipalities (La Boissière-du-Doré, La Remaudière) and part of one municipality (Le Loroux-Bottereau) have
          been included, all of which belong to the geographical area for the ‘Muscadet’ regional designation,
          and two municipalities (Mésanger, Varades) and part of one municipality (Ligné) have been removed, with a view to
          limiting the designation to vineyards having maintained quality winegrowing.
          Moreover, some editorial changes have been made: the new list of administrative entities takes into account mergers of,
          or other changes to, administrative divisions since the specification was approved. For greater legal certainty, the list
          follows the current version of the Official Geographic Code, updated annually by INSEE (the French National Institute
          of Statistics and Economic Studies).
          The Single Document has been amended accordingly with respect to the geographical area and the link with the
          geographical area.


     2.   Demarcated parcel area
          In Section IV(2) of Chapter I of the product specification, the words ‘and 20 June 2018’ have been added after
          ‘19 May 2011’.
          The purpose of this amendment is to add the date on which the competent national authority approved a modification
          of the demarcated parcel area within the geographical area of production. The demarcated parcel area is the land
          within the geographical area that is suitable for growing the material for this protected designation of origin.
          The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     3.   Area in immediate proximity
          The area in immediate proximity has been updated following the merger of certain municipalities. The overall
          winemaking area for the designation has not changed.

     (1) OJ L 9, 11.1.2019, p. 2.
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           The Single Document has been amended accordingly with respect to further conditions.

     4.    Growing methods
           In Chapter I, point IX(1), the words ‘They remain on their fine winemaking lees at the time of packing or when first
           dispatched from the winery’ are added.
           Keeping wines on their fine winemaking lees makes it possible to give the products their typical roundness. This makes
           it possible to assert and strengthen the segmentation of the different Muscadet designations.
           Point 9 of the Single Document, on winemaking practices, has been amended accordingly.

     5.    Heat treatment
           The ban on subjecting the wine to heat treatment at temperatures of more than 40 °C has been removed. This
           amendment is intended to allow the operators to use all the technical means available to manage the effects of difficult
           years that typically cause sensory alterations such as an earthy-musty taste. The technique of heating the must, known
           as ‘thermovinification’, has proved to be much less damaging in terms of producing wines lacking in structure and
           body than using mesoporous oenological carbon.
           The Single Document has been amended accordingly with respect to winemaking practices.

     6.    Packaging
           The end of the packaging period for wines bearing the indication ‘sur lie’ (aged on the lees) has been extended from
           30 November to 31 December. The amendment makes it possible to extend the bottling period for such wines by a
           month to optimise the marketing period of this category without changing the roundness and slight effervescence
           associated with that indication.
           The Single Document has been amended accordingly with respect to further conditions.

     7.    Circulation of wines
           Point 5(b) of Section IX of Chapter I, on the date of entry into circulation of the wines between authorised warehouses,
           has been deleted.
           The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.

     8.    Link
           The link has been modified to take into account the change in the number of municipalities and to update the last
           paragraph of point 1 on the number of producers and the volume produced.
           The Single Document has been amended accordingly with respect to the link with the geographical area.

     9.    Labelling
           The following point has been added to Section XI: ‘(c) Wines with the protected designation of origin may specify a
           smaller geographical unit on their labels, provided that:
           — it is a registered place name,
           — it appears on the harvest declaration.
           The place name must be printed in letters no larger (in height, width and thickness) than half the size of the letters
           forming the name of the protected designation of origin. It shall appear in the same visual field as the name of the
           protected designation of origin.’
           The Single Document has been amended accordingly with respect to further conditions.

     10. Reporting requirements
           The deadline for submitting a claim statement has changed from 15 to 31 December.
           The prior declaration of transaction has been changed into a prior declaration of dispatch.
           The declaration prior to market preparation is made per batch.
           The Single Document is not affected by these amendments.
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     11. Withdrawal
          The details of the withdrawal declaration have been specified.
          The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     12. Records
          Editorial changes have been made as regards record keeping.
          — In Section II(2) of Chapter II:
          — point (b), the words ‘until the date of submitting their claim statement’ and ‘the acidity of the must’ have been
            deleted,
          — point (c), the word ‘book’ has been replaced by ‘records’,
          — point (d), the word ‘book’ has been replaced by ‘records’ and the words ‘or marketing wines of the protected
            designation of origin unbottled’ have been deleted.
          The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     13. Main points to be checked
          Chapter III has been updated to harmonise the drafting of the main points to be checked in specifications from the
          Nantes area.
          The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


                                                           SINGLE DOCUMENT

     1.   Name of the product
          Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire


     2.   Geographical indication type
          PDO – Protected Designation of Origin


     3.   Categories of grapevine product
          1. Wine


     4.   Description of the wine(s)
          The wines are still, dry white wines.
          The wines have:
          — a minimum natural alcoholic strength by volume of 10 %,
          — a maximum fermentable sugar content (glucose and fructose) of 3 grams per litre,
          — a maximum volatile acid content of 10 milliequivalents per litre,
          — a maximum total alcoholic strength by volume, after enrichment, of 12 %.
          The wines comply with the limits on total acidity content, total sulphur dioxide content and total actual alcoholic
          strength laid down in EU legislation. The wines are still, dry white wines.
          They have delicate aromas, often with a floral bouquet, sometimes with mineral notes, as well as an overall freshness of
          taste.
          In some cases, prolonged maturation makes them suitable for ageing.
          They are packed carefully in bottles to preserve and strengthen their aromatic richness.
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                                                           General analytical characteristics

           Maximum total alcoholic strength (in % volume)

           Minimum actual alcoholic strength (in % volume)

           Minimum total acidity

           Maximum volatile acidity (in milliequivalents per litre)

           Maximum total sulphur dioxide (in milligrams per litre)



     5.    Wine-making practices

           a.   Essential oenological practices
           Growing method
           The minimum planting density of the vines is 6 500 plants per hectare.6 500 plants per hectare.
           The distance between the rows is 1,5 metres or less, and the spacing between plants in the same row is between 0,9 and
           1,1 metres.
           The vines are pruned with a maximum of 12 buds per plant:
           — either by means of short pruning with a maximum of 5 spurs per plant,
           — or by means of simple or double Guyot.
           Pruning is carried out before the budding stage or stage 5 on the Eichhorn et Lorenz scale.
           Regardless of the pruning method, the vines can be pruned with four additional buds per plant on condition that, at
           the phenological stage corresponding to 11 or 12 leaves, there are no more than 12 fruit-bearing branches for the
           year per plant.
           Specific oenological practice
           Any heat treatment of the harvest at a temperature below – 5 °C is prohibited.
           After enrichment, the wines’ total alcoholic strength by volume does not exceed 12 %.
           In addition to the above provisions, the oenological practices concerning these wines meet the requirements laid down
           at EU level and in the Rural and Maritime Fishing Code.


           b.   Maximum yields
           66 hectolitres per hectare


     6.    Demarcated geographical area
           All stages of the production must take place within the geographical area approved by the National Institute of Origin
           and Quality at the meeting of the competent national committee on 15 June 2017. The perimeter of this area, on the
           date of approval of this specification by the competent national committee, comprises the territory of the following
           municipalities, based on the 2018 Official Geographic Code:
           — Department of Loire-Atlantique: Ancenis, La Boissière-du-Doré, Carquefou, Le Cellier, Couffé, Divatte-sur-Loire
             (delegated municipality of Barbechat only), Ligné (partly), Le Loroux-Bottereau (partly), Mauves-sur-Loire, Oudon,
             La Remaudière, Saint-Géréon, Thouaré-sur-Loire, Vair-sur-Loire.
           — Department of Maine-et-Loire: Mauges-sur-Loire (delegated municipalities of La Chapelle-Saint-Florent and Saint-
             Florent-le-Vieil only), Orée d’Anjou (delegated municipalities of Bouzillé, Champtoceaux, Drain, Landemont, Liré
             and La Varenne only).


     7.    Main grape varieties
           Melon B
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     8.   Description of the link(s)



          Description of the natural factors relevant to the link

          The vineyards of the ‘Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire’ protected designation of origin are essentially located on the slopes
          of the river Loire itself, or sometimes at a slight distance from the river on the slopes of its tributaries, the main ones
          being the Divatte, the Evre and the Erdre. The geographical area is characterised by uneven relief, with slope gradients
          ranging from 5 % to 10 %. It is located to the east of the city of Nantes, and is the most eastern part of the broader
          geographical area of the ‘Muscadet’ protected designation of origin. It covers part of the departments of Loire-
          Atlantique and Maine-et-Loire. The vineyard parcels stand out clearly in the landscape, in contrast to the high-lying
          wooded pastures dedicated to livestock farming.

          The geographical area has a particularly mild and temperate oceanic climate. The temperature range is reduced by the
          fact that the Loire plays a regulatory role and contributes to the spread of maritime influence to the inland area. The
          penetration of ocean breezes is facilitated by the south-western/north-eastern orientation of the river, which coincides
          with the prevailing wind direction. For the same reasons, rainfall is significantly lower on the banks of the Loire than
          on the plateaus situated a few kilometres away. As a result, there is a lot of summer sunshine for this latitude,
          minimising the influence of the northern or southern exposure of winegrowing hillsides. In the autumn, the high
          equinox tides sometimes bring heavy rainfall.

          The subsoil of the geographical area is principally composed of metamorphic rocks, mainly mica schists, with more
          gneiss in the west and schists to the east. These rocks, which are most often degraded or little altered, lead to
          particularly superficial brown soils containing a large proportion of coarse elements, sand or pebbles. Naturally well
          drained, these soils warm rapidly in spring. The parcel area where the grapes are harvested consists of well-defined
          slopes in open landscapes mainly or traditionally planted with vines. The parcels have healthy, aerated, shallow soils
          with a limited water-holding capacity and moderate fertility.



          Description of the human factors relevant to the geographical link

          The vineyard area of the protected designation of origin has inherited an ancient winegrowing tradition. Present in
          Nantes from the first centuries AD, vine growing spread to the surrounding area in the Middle Ages, following the
          course of the Loire and its tributaries. The cartularies of the region’s abbeys refer to these developments in the 11th
          and 12th centuries on the hillsides of Varades, Oudon, Ancenis and Saint-Florent-le-Vieil. However, it was only in the
          16th century that a real commercial vineyard was built, in order to satisfy the demand of Dutch traders established in
          Nantes. At that time, the Melon B variety became definitively established in the region, where it has been known as
          ‘Muscadet’ since the mid-17th century. The port of Ancenis has long been very active in transporting wines from the
          geographical area to Nantes. Even since its union with the Kingdom of France, Brittany has retained tax rules which
          promote the development of winegrowing. Harvested downstream of the tariff barrier, the less-taxed wines of the
          geographical area are easier to sell than those from upstream.

          With a vine variety based on Melon B, for white wines the geographical area is clearly distinguished from vineyards
          further to the east, which focus more on the Chenin B variety. After the phylloxera crisis, the vineyard area was
          renewed by adapting new techniques such as planting in rows and the Guyot pruning method. Since then, production
          know-how has been well codified with winegrowers maintaining a high planting density, checking the vines’ growth
          and limiting their yield, and harvesting the grapes once fully ripened.

          To produce richer and more complex wines, the operators adopted a particular technical winemaking procedure
          known as the Nantes method, which consists in keeping the wines on their fine winemaking lees for at least one
          winter without any racking. This know-how emerged from the winegrowers’ habit of keeping a barrel of their best
          wine on the lees to celebrate family events the following spring. It is an ageing method that makes for round and
          unctuous wines, as they are enriched, in particular, with mannoproteins and other compounds resulting from the
          autolysis of yeast cell walls. Moreover, this method, based on letting the wines rest and keeping them in a carbon
          dioxide-rich atmosphere, which strongly limits oxidation and the release of volatile compounds, allows the wines to
          preserve the aromas formed during the alcoholic fermentation until the spring and beyond.

          During ageing, the wines are also enriched with tertiary aromas. The grapes, musts and wines produced by the Melon B
          variety contain a significant concentration of precursors of glycosidic aromas. These molecules, formed from aglycones
          related to sugars, are normally odourless, but the breaking of the β-glucosidic linkages by various chemical and
          enzymatic processes generates strongly odorous compounds, mainly of monoterpenes and C13-norisoprenoids, with
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           the formation of mainly β-damascone, a substance known for its role as a supplier of fruity aromas of wines. The
           operators have acquired special expertise in protecting the wines from oxidation in the vat and bottling them with
           care, so that these fragrances can continue to be released as long as possible, making for more complex wines.



           Seeking to fix these production conditions to preserve the authenticity of their wines, in 1936 producers in the
           geographical area obtained recognition of the ‘Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire’ protected designation of origin. Rules
           concerning the traditional indication ‘sur lie’ were laid down in 1977. Since 1994, these have led to the practice of
           bottling of wine during the year following that of the harvest directly in the winery so as to keep any racking and
           decanting to a minimum. In 2016, the area covered by the protected designation of origin comprises around
           170 hectares, with some 80 producers and a cooperative structure based in Ancenis. The volume placed on the
           market each year is approximately 7 000 hectolitres and is mainly marked 7 000 hectolitres and is mainly marked
           7 000 hectolitres and is mainly marked ‘sur lie’. The wines with the ‘Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire’ protected
           designation of origin are white, dry and still. They have delicate aromas, often with a floral bouquet, sometimes with
           mineral notes, as well as an overall freshness of taste. Prolonged maturation can give them greater richness in the
           mouth and make them suitable for ageing. They are bottled carefully to preserve and amplify the expression of their
           aromatic richness.



           Wines qualifying for the designation ‘sue lie’ have a balanced taste that tends to be rounder with more complex aromas,
           and may be slightly effervescent due to residual carbon dioxide formed during alcoholic fermentation. They are
           protected from oxidation during ageing to preserve their freshness, rich aromas and naturally occurring carbon
           dioxide. Their carbon dioxide content being too high for them to be packed in flexible containers, the wines are
           bottled and particular care is required during bottling. The geographical area, under the influence of the Loire, has a
           mild, relatively dry, and sunny climate. It is hilly, with slopes adjoining the river, and features often coarse and shallow
           soils developed mainly on metamorphic rocks. The fracturing of the metamorphic rocks which form the geological
           base and the coarse texture of the soil allow the vines to develop deep roots, providing the plants with a water supply
           which is gradually reduced and promotes the maturity of Melon B grapes. The mild winter ensures an early start to the
           vines’ growth cycle, which generally allows harvesting of the grapes before the autumn rains. The moderate summer
           temperatures also help to preserve the freshness and aromas present in this delicate white grape variety. The ocean
           breezes that travel up the Loire reduce the humidity of the air and make it possible to harvest the grapes while in good
           condition, which contributes, in part, to the fineness of the wines’ aromas, particularly in the floral or mineral ranges.



           The long winegrowing history of the geographical area and its early specialisation have long favoured the sharing of
           know-how and practices between producers. Seeking to protect the authenticity of their products, they obtained
           recognition of the ‘Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire’ protected designation of origin in 1936, making it one of the oldest
           protected designations of origin in France.



           Their know-how enables operators to control production and harvest healthy grapes at full maturity. Made in line with
           local custom, the wines are aged on their fine winemaking lees until packaging, without any racking. The geographical
           area’s mild winter temperatures, which favour interaction with the lees, allow the wines to continue to improve during
           ageing, growing richer on the palate from the very next spring. Careful bottling makes it possible to preserve the wine’s
           essential characteristics, as some aromas continue to develop after packaging. This know-how, perfectly suited to the
           potential of the natural environment and the Melon B variety, allow the odorous molecules formed in fermentation
           and the precursors of glycosidic aromas to be fully expressed in the wines.



           Bottled the year after the harvest, AOC wines marked ‘sur lie’ keep their characteristic freshness supported by a light
           effervescence due to the residual carbon dioxide formed during the wine-making process. To avoid any oxidation the
           wines are bottled directly in the winery. This traditional practice, which minimises handling, is perfectly suited to
           preserving the delicate aroma compounds of the wines.



           The ubiquitous presence of the Loire, the location of the geographical area at mid-distance between the cities of Nantes
           and Angers, and the dynamism of the port of Ancenis, have led to the historic development of a commercial
           winegrowing area and contributed to its success. Thanks to their freshness and fine aromas, the wines have gained a
           wide customer base, and are a staple at the many restaurants located on the banks of the Loire. They work wonders
           with seafood, and even more so with fish ‘au beurre blanc’, a local recipe dating back to the 19th century.
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     9.   Essential further conditions (packaging, labelling, other requirements)
          Area in immediate proximity
          Legal framework:
          National legislation
          Type of further condition:
          Derogation concerning production in the identified geographical area
          Description of the condition:
          The area in immediate proximity, defined by derogation for making, processing and ageing the wines, and for making,
          processing, ageing and packaging wines eligible for the indication ‘sur lie’, comprises the territory of the following
          municipalities or part-municipalities on the basis of the 2018 Official Geographic Code:
          — Department of Loire-Atlantique: Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine, Basse-Goulaine, La Bernerie-en-Retz, Le Bignon, Bouaye,
            Bouguenais, Boussay, Brains, La Chapelle-Heulin, Château-Thébaud, Chaumes-en-Retz, Chauvé, Cheix-en-Retz, La
            Chevrolière, Clisson, Corcoué-sur-Logne, Divatte-sur-Loire (delegated municipality of La Chapelle-Basse-Mer only),
            Frossay, Geneston, Gétigné, Gorges, La Haie-Fouassière, Haute-Goulaine, Le Landreau, Legé, Ligné (partly), La
            Limouzinière, Loireauxence (delegated municipalities of La Chapelle-Saint-Sauveur and Varades only), Le Loroux-
            Bottereau (partly), Machecoul-Saint-Même, Maisdon-sur-Sèvre, La Marne, Mésanger, Monnières, Montbert,
            Montrelais, Les Moutiers-en-Retz, Mouzillon, Le Pallet, Paulx, Le Pellerin, La Planche, Pont-Saint-Martin, Pornic,
            Port-Saint-Père, La Regrippière, Remouillé, Rezé, Rouans, Saint-Aignan-Grandlieu, Saint-Colomban, Sainte-
            Pazanne, Saint-Étienne-de-Mer-Morte, Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine, Saint-Hilaire-de-Chaléons, Saint-Hilaire-de-Clisson,
            Saint-Julien-de-Concelles, Saint-Léger-les-Vignes, Saint-Lumine-de-Clisson, Saint-Lumine-de-Coutais, Saint-Mars-
            de-Coutais, Saint-Père-en-Retz, Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu, Saint-Viaud, Les Sorinières, Touvois, Vallet, Vertou,
            Vieillevigne, Villeneuve-en-Retz, Vue.
          — Department of Maine-et-Loire: Beaupréau-en-Mauges (delegated municipalities of Beaupréau and Gesté only),
            Ingrandes-Le Fresne sur Loire (delegated municipality of Fresne-sur-Loire only), Mauges-sur-Loire (delegated
            municipality of Marillais only), Montrevault-sur-Èvre (delegated municipalities of La Boissière-sur-Evre, La
            Chaussaire, Le Fief Sauvin, Le Fuilet, Montrevault, Le Puiset-Doré, Saint-Pierre-Montlimart and Saint-Rémy-en-
            Mauges only), Orée d’Anjou (delegated municipalities of Saint-Christophe-la-Couperie, Saint-Laurent-des-Autels
            and Saint-Sauveur-de-Landemont only), Sèvremoine (delegated municipalities of Montfaucon-Montigné, Saint-
            Germain-sur-Moine and Tillières only).
          — Department of Vendée: Cugand, Montaigu, Rocheservière, Saint-Étienne-du-Bois, Saint-Hilaire-de-Loulay, Saint-
            Philbert-de-Bouaine.
          Legal framework:
          National legislation
          Type of further condition:
          Additional provisions relating to labelling
          Description of the condition:
          The name of the protected designation of origin may be followed by the indication ‘sur lie’ in accordance with the rules
          laid down in the product specification for the use of this indication.
          The name of the protected designation of origin may be followed by the geographical name ‘Val de Loire’, in
          accordance with the rules laid down in the product specification.
          The size of the letters of the indication ‘sur lie’ and of the geographical name ‘Val de Loire’ must be equal to or smaller,
          in height, width and thickness, than the letters forming the name of the protected designation of origin.
          Wines bearing the indication ‘sur lie’ must also state the vintage.
          Wines with the protected designation of origin may specify a smaller geographical unit on their labels, provided that:
          — it is a registered place name,
          — it appears on the harvest declaration.
          The place name must be printed in letters no larger (in height, width and thickness) than half the size of the letters
          forming the name of the protected designation of origin. It appears in the same visual field as the name of the
          protected designation of origin.
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           Legal framework:
           National legislation
           Type of further condition:
           Packaging in the demarcated area
           Description of the condition:
           The wines eligible for the indication ‘sur lie’ must be bottled within the demarcated area.
           They are bottled at the winery, so as to keep decanting to a minimum, between 1 March and 31 December of the year
           following the harvest to preserve the qualities obtained using specific winemaking and ageing methods, in particular
           their freshness and complex aromas, some of which develop after bottling, and a slight effervescence due to their
           naturally occurring carbon dioxide content.
           It is an ageing method that makes for round and unctuous wines, as they are enriched, in particular, with
           mannoproteins and other compounds resulting from the autolysis of yeast cell walls. This method is based on letting
           the wines rest and keeping them in a carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere, which strongly limits oxidation and the release
           of volatile compounds.
           Their carbon dioxide content being too high for them to be packed in flexible containers, the wines are bottled and
           particular care is required during bottling.
           The wines remain on their fine winemaking lees at the time of packing or when first dispatched from the winery.

     Link to the product specification

     https://info.agriculture.gouv.fr/gedei/site/bo-agri/document_administratif-6463bdfa-2237-4a2c-b1b0-13cf749cfc0b
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              Publication of a communication of approval of a standard amendment to the product specification
                 for a name in the wine sector referred to in Article 17(2) and (3) of Commission Delegated
                                                  Regulation (EU) 2019/33

                                                          (2020/C 42/05)


     This notice is published in accordance with Article 17(5) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 (1)

                                    COMMUNICATION OF APPROVAL OF A STANDARD AMENDMENT

                                                        ‘Cabernet d’Anjou’

                                           Reference number: PDO-FR-A1005-AM01

                                               Date of communication: 14.11.2019

                             DESCRIPTION OF AND REASONS FOR THE APPROVED AMENDMENT

     1.   Geographical area
          The geographical area has been amended as follows: ‘All stages of production of wines eligible to benefit from the
          controlled designations of origin ... ‘Cabernet d’Anjou’ ... must take place in the geographical area encompassing the
          following municipalities, on the basis of the Official Geographic Code of 2018:
          — department of Deux-Sèvres: Argenton-l’Église, Bouillé-Loretz, Brion-près-Thouet, Louzy, Mauzé-Thouarsais, Oiron,
            Saint-Cyr-la-Lande, Sainte-Radegonde, Sainte-Verge, Saint-Martin-de-Mâcon, Saint-Martin-de-Sanzay, Thouars,
            Tourtenay, Val-en-Vignes (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Bouillé-Saint-Paul and Cersay);
          — department of Maine-et-Loire: Allonnes, Angers, Antoigné, Artannes-sur-Thouet, Aubigné-sur-Layon, Beaulieu-
            sur-Layon, Bellevigne-en-Layon (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Champ-sur-Layon,
            Faveraye-Mâchelles, Faye-d’Anjou, Rablay-sur-Layon and Thouarcé), Blaison-Saint-Sulpice (territory formerly part
            of the delegated municipalities of Blaison-Gohier and Saint-Sulpice), Bouchemaine, Brain-sur-Allonnes, Brézé,
            Brissac Loire Aubance (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Les Alleuds, Brissac-Quincé,
            Charcé-Saint-Ellier-sur-Aubance, Chemellier, Coutures, Luigné, Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne, Saint-Saturnin-sur-Loire
            and Vauchrétien), Brossay, Cernusson, Chacé, Chalonnes-sur-Loire, Champtocé-sur-Loire, Chaudefonds-sur-Layon,
            Chemillé-en-Anjou (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Chanzeaux, La Jumellière and
            Valanjou), Cizay-la-Madeleine, Cléré-sur-Layon, Le Coudray-Macouard, Courchamps, Denée, Dénezé-sous-Doué,
            Distré, Doué-en-Anjou (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Brigné, Concourson-sur-Layon,
            Doué-la-Fontaine, Forges, Meigné, Montfort, Saint-Georges-sur-Layon and Les Verchers-sur-Layon), Épieds,
            Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, Les Garennes sur Loire (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Juigné-sur-
            Loire and Saint-Jean-des-Mauvrets), Gennes-Val-de-Loire (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of
            Chênehutte-Trêves-Cunault, Gennes, Grézillé, Saint-Georges-des-Sept-Voies and Le Thoureil), Huillé, Ingrandes-Le
            Fresne sur Loire (territory formerly part of the delegated municipality of Ingrandes), Jarzé Villages (territory
            formerly part of the delegated municipality of Lué-en-Baugeois), Louresse-Rochemenier, Lys-Haut-Layon (territory
            formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Les Cerqueux-sous-Passavant, La Fosse-de-Tigné, Nueil-sur-Layon,
            Tancoigné, Tigné, Trémont and Vihiers), Mauges-sur-Loire (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities
            of La Chapelle-Saint-Florent, Le Mesnil-en-Vallée, Montjean-sur-Loire, La Pommeraye, Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, Saint-
            Laurent-de-la-Plaine and Saint-Laurent-du-Mottay), Mazé-Milon (territory formerly part of the delegated
            municipality of Fontaine-Milon), Montilliers, Montreuil-Bellay, Montsoreau, Mozé-sur-Louet, Mûrs-Erigné, Orée
            d’Anjou (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Bouzillé, Champtoceaux, Drain, Landemont,
            Liré and La Varenne), Parnay, Passavant-sur-Layon, La Possonnière, Le Puy-Notre-Dame, Rochefort-sur-Loire, Rou-
            Marson, Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg, Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire, Saint-Georges-sur-Loire, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Saint-
            Just-sur-Dive, Saint-Macaire-du-Bois, Saint-Melaine-sur-Aubance, Saumur, Savennières, Soulaines-sur-Aubance,
            Souzay-Champigny, Terranjou (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Chavagnes, Martigné-
            Briand and Notre-Dame-d’Allençon), Tuffalun (territory formerly part of the delegated municipalities of Ambillou-
            Château, Louerre and Noyant-la-Plaine), Turquant, Les Ulmes, Val-du-Layon (territory formerly part of the
            delegated municipalities of Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné and Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay), Varennes-sur-Loire, Varrains,
            Vaudelnay, Villevêque;
          — department of Vienne: Berrie, Curçay-sur-Dive, Glénouze, Pouançay, Ranton, Saint-Léger-de-Montbrillais, Saix,
            Ternay, Les Trois-Moutiers.
          Maps showing the geographical area can be viewed on the website of the National Institute of Origin and Quality
          (INAO).’

     (1) OJ L 9, 11.1.2019, p. 2.
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           Editorial amendment: the new list of administrative entities takes into account any mergers or other changes in
           administrative boundaries that have occurred since the approval of the specification. To increase legal certainty, this
           list follows the current version of the Official Geographic Code, updated yearly by INSEE (the French National
           Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies). The boundaries of the geographical area remain exactly the same.

           Finally, in the interests of better public information, the product specification now states that maps of the geographical
           area can be found on the website of the National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO).

           Point 6 of the Single Document on the geographical area has been amended accordingly.


     2.    Demarcated parcel area

           In Chapter 1(IV)(2) of the product specification, the words ‘and 19 January 2017’ have been added after ‘
           5 September 2007’.

           The purpose of this amendment is to add the date on which the competent national authority approved a modification
           of the demarcated parcel area within the geographical area of production. The demarcated parcel area is the land
           within the geographical area that is suitable for growing the material for this Protected Designation of Origin.

           In Chapter 1(IV)(2) of the product specification, the words ‘4 September 1996’ have been replaced by ‘4 and
           5 September 1996’.

           This amendment is a correction to the date of the national procedure during which this demarcated parcel area was
           approved.

           The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     3.    Area in immediate proximity

           In Chapter 1(IV)(3), the list of municipalities has been replaced by:

           — department of Indre-et-Loire: Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil;

           — department of Loire-Atlantique: Ancenis, Le Loroux-Bottereau, Le Pallet, La Remaudière, Vair-sur-Loire (formerly a
             territory belonging to the delegated municipality of Anetz), Vallet;

           — department of Maine-et-Loire: Orée d’Anjou (formerly a territory belonging to the delegated municipality of Saint-
             Laurent-des-Autels), Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux.

           This change takes into account the various mergers of municipalities that have occurred since the last version of the
           specification. The boundaries of the area in immediate proximity remain exactly the same.

           Point 9 of the Single Document, ‘Further conditions’, has been amended accordingly.


     4.    Agri-environment rule

           The following has been added to Chapter 1(VI)(2): ‘Managed plant cover, either natural or planted, is compulsory
           between rows. Where there is no such plant cover, operators must tend the soil to ensure that naturally occurring
           plant growth is managed. Otherwise, operators must provide justification for using bio-control products approved by
           the wine-growing authorities. Where bio-control herbicides are used on a land parcel, the use of other herbicides is not
           permitted.’

           This amendment reflects current developments in the practices of operators promoting conservation agriculture
           throughout the vineyards of Anjou. It takes into account growing concern for the environment as part of technical
           procedures. By encouraging the existence of vegetation cover, or mechanised weeding, or even use of bio-control
           products, the amendment aims to reduce the use of chemical herbicides. The reduction in herbicides will certainly
           strengthen the defences of wine-growing soils and preserve their natural properties such as fertility, bio-diversity and
           self-cleaning. This will contribute to the quality and authenticity of the wines and strengthen the sense of terroir.

           The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     5.    Harvest proclamation

           Under Chapter 1(VII)(1)(a) of the specification, the following sentence has been deleted: ‘The start date of the harvests
           is set in accordance with Article D. 645-6 of the Rural and Maritime Fishing Code’ has been deleted.
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          It is no longer necessary to set a start date for harvests as operators have a large selection of tools at their disposal to
          enable them to gauge the ripeness of the grapes with the greatest possible accuracy. All operators have access to
          various machines and equipment, both individually and collectively, enabling them to determine accurately the ideal
          start date for harvesting each parcel, depending on the production objectives.
          The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     6.   Sugar content
          Under Chapter 1(IX)(c), the words ‘after fermentation’ have been added after ‘The wines have’.
          This amendment was made to avoid any confusion with the sugar content before fermentation, as it is important to
          specify that this content must be verified after fermentation.
          Point 4 of the Single Document has been amended accordingly.


     7.   Subtractive richness technique
          The following paragraph has been added under point IX(1)(d): ‘In making ... rosé wines eligible to benefit from the
          controlled designation of origin ‘Cabernet d’Anjou’, subtractive richness techniques are permitted, with the maximum
          partial concentration rate set at 10 % in relation to the volumes used.’
          This amendment follows experimentation on several vintages, which demonstrated that with suitable raw material of
          good quality potential, a maximum concentration rate of 10 % and for enrichments limited to a total alcohol content
          of 15 % by volume, the reverse osmosis method does not have a negative effect on the wines. Subtractive richness
          techniques will allow readjustment of the composition of the musts in years where there are climate variations.
          The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     8.   Fermenting room capacity
          Under Chapter 1(IX)(1)(a), the sentence: ‘All operators have a fermenting room capacity for producing wine equal to at
          least 1.4 times the holding’s average yield over the past five years.’ is replaced by: ‘All operators have a fermenting
          room capacity for producing wine equal to at least 1.4 times the average volume of wine produced over the past five
          years.’
          The specification made reference not to a volume capacity (expressed in hectolitres or cubic metres) but to a yield,
          which is the harvest volume divided by the production area (expressed for example in hectolitres per hectare). The
          proposed amendment rectifies this incongruity concerning measurements without making any substantial changes
          (the minimum is still set at 1,4 times the average volume of wine produced by a holding over the previous years).
          The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     9.   Circulation of wines
          Chapter 1(IX)(5)(b) concerning the date of entry into circulation of the wines between authorised warehouses has been
          deleted.
          The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     10. Link with the geographical area
          The link has been revised in order to update the number of municipalities involved (70 instead of 126).
          Point 8 of the Single Document, on the link with the geographical area, has been amended accordingly.


     11. Transitional measure
          The expired transitional measures have been deleted.
          The following has been inserted under Chapter 1(XI): ‘The provisions relating to the requirement for managed plant
          cover, either natural or planted, between rows, along with the provisions relating to the requirement, in the absence
          of vegetation cover, for operators to tend the soil or use bio-control products to ensure that naturally occurring plant
          growth is managed, do not apply to vineyard parcels already in existence at the time of accreditation of this
          specification and in which the spacing between rows is less than or equal to 1,70 metres.’
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           The transitional measure avoids the need to penalise existing vineyards currently using a training method not adapted
           to the agri-environmental provisions. In densely planted vineyards, where the spacing between rows is less than or
           equal to 1,7 metres, maintaining permanent grass cover or attempting to work the soil could, in effect, cause technical
           problems with machinery, materials or tools, for example. In low-growing vines, grass cover actually increases the risk
           of spring frosts. Furthermore, the presence of vegetation cover significantly increases the pressure on the water supply
           to the vines in the more densely-planted vineyards. Nevertheless, any vines planted after the specification has been
           approved will have to comply fully with the new agri-environmental provisions, regardless of planting density and
           spacing between rows.

           The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     12. Record-keeping

           In Chapter 2(II)(3), the word ‘potential’ has been replaced by ‘natural’.

           In line with all the other product specifications from the Anjou Saumur area, the terms ‘potential alcoholic strength’ or
           ‘alcohol content’ have been replaced with ‘natural alcoholic strength by volume’. These amendments improve the
           readability of the product specifications. The aim behind harmonising the rules on record-keeping is to facilitate the
           drafting of the inspection plan and aid checks on those records.

           The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


     13. Main points for checking

           Chapter 3 has been revised to ensure consistency across the check-lists included in the different product specifications
           for Anjou Saumur wines.

           The Single Document is not affected by this amendment.


                                                            SINGLE DOCUMENT


     1.    Name of the product

           Cabernet d’Anjou


     2.    Geographical indication type

           PDO – Protected Designation of Origin


     3.    Categories of grapevine product

           1. Wine


     4.    Description of the wine(s)

           These are still rosé wines with the following analytical characteristics:

           The wines must have a minimum natural alcoholic strength by volume of 10,5 %.

           The fermentable sugar content (glucose + fructose) of the wines after fermentation must be at least 10 grams per litre.

           After enrichment, the wines’ total alcoholic strength by volume must not exceed 13 %.

           The volatile acidity, total acidity and total sulphur dioxide content must be as established in EU legislation, but any
           batch of unbottled wine eligible to benefit from the terms ‘primeur’ (early) or ‘nouveau’ (new) must have a volatile
           acidity content of no more than 10,2 milliequivalents per litre.

           The wines have fermentable sugars and varying levels of sweetness. Their intense aromatic expression reveals the
           specificity of the vine varieties. However, fruity notes are also very important (peach, strawberry, citrus, etc.). In the
           mouth, the flavour is a good balance between freshness and roundness. The aromas are intense and long-lasting.
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