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Wine fraud - two reports

Post by Santiago » Fri 15 Jun 2012 08:52

A famous Burgundy necociant has been found guilty of fraud involving the blending and labelling of their wines. Here is the factual report...

http://www.connexionfrance.com/Burgundy ... ticle.html

and here is the Daily Mail's typically rabble-rousing version. I just love the idiotic readers comments below the article especially the one about somebody suspecting their cheap JP Chenet Bag-in-Box to be a counterfeit and claiming the company said they send their grapes to Algeria to be trodden(sic) by locals.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... fraud.html

I can just picture the two Laboure-Roi directors opening thousands of bottles of Lidl's Corbieres and putting a cupful in each of their wines! I also love the way The Mail thinks Nuits St George is a person :lol:
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Post by russell » Fri 15 Jun 2012 11:51

If people can't taste the difference between expensive wines and "cheap supermarket" wines then more fool them for wasting their money on the expensive stuff :)

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Post by Santiago » Fri 15 Jun 2012 19:38

I see you took the Daily Mail view, you should add your comment to their page :lol:

What the company was actually doing is something that has lurked beneath the scenes of the major negociant firms for years. They were boosting their volumes of the more desirable appellations with lesser wines. Probably at barely detectable levels like 5 - 10%. In that way they just taste like slightly inferior versions of the appellations they say they are. Most people would think they were the genuine article.

Among wine circles, Laboure-Roi is known as a producer of mediocre Burgundy sold in supermarkets and nationwide retailers. In fact most of it goes to the USA.
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Post by russell » Sat 16 Jun 2012 12:02

Santiago wrote: Among wine circles, Laboure-Roi is known as a producer of mediocre Burgundy sold in supermarkets and nationwide retailers. In fact most of it goes to the USA.
Best place for it?

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Post by Santiago » Mon 18 Jun 2012 12:06

Here's some sensible thoughts on it...

http://thejosephreport.blogspot.co.uk/2 ... would.html
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Post by Colin L » Mon 18 Jun 2012 13:00

An interesting read. I'm reminded of the problem of fake golf clubs - mainly from China. As long as there are people who think they can get genuine quality label clubs at absurdly low prices, there will be a market in fakes.\

Full set of Ping G20 irons anyone? A snip at £150. :wink:

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Post by Santiago » Mon 18 Jun 2012 14:21

It never ceases to amaze me how many people are prepared to buy a bargain version of a famous name, which is often fake or very poor quality, rather than an alternative but lesser known version of that thing.
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