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> Switzerland has now an IGP for "absinthe".
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post Mar 31 2010, 11:11 AM
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Absinthe, La Bleue and La Fée Verte car only be produced in the Val de travers from now.
Any other producer outside the region can't label is absinthe as such and sell it in Switzerland.

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post Mar 31 2010, 12:54 PM
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And frankly speaking, except few really good absinthes from Switzerland (CLB, DuVallon, Martin, Wanner, Bovet, Racine, etc), the majority of les bleues is as close to anisette ordinaire as possible…


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post Mar 31 2010, 01:12 PM
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So, Matter can't label their stuff as absinthe anymore? Kallnach is not in VdT.
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post Mar 31 2010, 01:24 PM
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I have read the same on the French forum, Matter cannot label since he's from Kallnach, Wanner cannot since he's from Geneva. Can anyone elaborate more on the subject?


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post Mar 31 2010, 01:39 PM
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Well, the protection specifies that can be sold with the name "Absinthe", "La Bleue", or "Fée Verte" in Switzerland only a product transformed in Val de Travers, hence Boveresse, Couvet and around, and besides, respecting dutifully rigid specifications.

Any other similar product, event with same recipe, plants, etc, produced elsewhere in Switzerland and sold as "Absinthe", "La Bleue" or "Fée Verte" in Switzerland is henceforth considered counterfeit by Swiss law, and its produced is entitled to a 15 000CHF fine
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post Mar 31 2010, 02:34 PM
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The IGP is not yet rectified - it takes 3 months and we'll do our best to fight against this stupidity! We all know Absinthe was born in Couvet, but was also produced outside the VdT in Switzerland. Also some other requirements for an IGP are not given.
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post Mar 31 2010, 03:41 PM
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Looks like someone had a good lobbyist.


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post Mar 31 2010, 04:28 PM
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It's a shame when an ostensibly noble goal to preserve local pride/authenticity gets twisted to serve commercial interests.

I wonder if it would be effective to write someone, or if communications from folks outside Switzerland wouldn't really be taken seriously.


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post Mar 31 2010, 05:26 PM
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QUOTE(Stroller @ Mar 31 2010, 08:41 AM) *

Looks like someone had a good lobbyist.


Yeah, I'll bet I know who.


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post Mar 31 2010, 06:55 PM
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I am guessing it's more than just the one person you're thinking of.

But I don't know.
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post Mar 31 2010, 07:58 PM
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Amendment to my earlier post- of course, any protected appellation is commercial in nature to begin with. But still, it's a twisting of the original purpose. Not that it hasn't happened before.


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post Mar 31 2010, 08:38 PM
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According to the document linked from Aggelos' excellent webzine, the petitioner was the Association interprofessionnelle de l’Absinthe in Môtiers. I assume that's a group of all the distillers in the VdT. Duvallon has also written about it on his blog.
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post Mar 31 2010, 09:05 PM
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post Apr 1 2010, 12:12 AM
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How disappointing. There's a couple in there I'd like to continue drinking, but I can't any longer if they do indeed support this IGP. As if a reasonable definition of absinthe of wasn't problematic enough to get into public/regulatory consciousness. I'd think some of these people would know better after actually being pioneers in the absinthe renaissance.

The birthplace of absinthe would appear to have just crapped in its own cradle.


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Hey, it worked for Champagne.

OH, no, wait, it didn't.
Never mind.


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