A month in wine

Decanter - - DECANTER -

Fraud­u­lent wines on sale in France; Obama sup­ports Porto Pro­to­col; Pen­folds prod­uct in­no­va­tion

AN iN­vEs­Ti­gA­TioN CoN­DuCTED by France’s anti-fraud watch­dog DgCCRF has found

mil­lions of bot­tles-worth of Span­ish wine that has been mis­lead­ingly la­belled to make con­sumers think it is home-grown.

The DgCCRF claims to have au­dited 179 out­lets in 2016 and 564 in 2017, find­ing that in those years 22% and 15% re­spec­tively had wines fall­ing foul of la­belling rules.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion ex­am­ined im­ported wine as a whole, al­though of­fi­cials said that span­ish wine im­ports be­came the fo­cus. They re­ported sev­eral in­stances of span­ish wines be­ing passed off as French, with the amount of wine in­volved in each case rang­ing from 2,000hl to 34,500hl – up to 4.6 mil­lion bot­tles in to­tal.

Com­mon is­sues in­cluded span­ish wine ‘sold in bulk as French wine or even as­sum­ing a French igP name’, ac­cord­ing to the watch­dog.

if found guilty of such de­cep­tion, those in­volved face fines of up to 10% of an­nual turnover, or €300,000 – whichever is greater – and up to two years in prison. No spe­cific com­pa­nies or re­tail­ers have been named.

Fraud of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered im­ported wines sold as ‘bag-in-box’ that only men­tioned the wine’s true ori­gin on the un­der­side of the con­tainer. oth­ers used terms such as ‘bot­tled in France’ or fea­tured mis­lead­ing im­ages of châteaux on la­bels.

The DgCCRF re­ported that a sin­gle shop was forced to re­move 16,700 bot­tles of

span­ish wine from shelves, adding that there was also ev­i­dence of prob­lems in some French restau­rants and cafes.

‘one restau­rant owner sold a pichet – or pitcher – of igP oc wine when the wine was ac­tu­ally span­ish,’ the watch­dog said, fol­low­ing sev­eral in­spec­tions.

French me­dia, which has widely re­ported the DgCCRF find­ings, has said that of­fi­cers found a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem with rosé wine. The rev­e­la­tions come as a re­sult of the lat­est in a se­ries of fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tions tar­get­ing the wine in­dus­try and its sup­ply chain across France, sug­gest­ing that gov­ern­ing bod­ies are tak­ing a more proac­tive stance to­wards the sec­tor.

Above: wine­mak­ers in the south of France took di­rect ac­tion in 2017 by de­stroy­ing Span­ish wines on sale in su­per­mar­kets in the Nîmes area

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.