“Fraude massive sur des vins de Bourgogne”
froad maa-seev sewr day vaad boor-GUN-yuh. Click below to hear this.*
Massive fraud involving some Burgundy wines
There is trouble in Paradise!
Yes, folks! In the tightly-regulated wine industry in France, there are some who have not been playing by the rules. Le Monde has published an article (based on another source) reporting that four executives of the Bourgogne Labouré-Roi winery, based in Nuits-Saint-Georges (Côte-d’Or), have been taken into custody.
You can read the article (it’s in French) at this link, but here’s the gist of it:
The executives, after a year-and-a-half investigation, have been accused of three misdeeds: tricherie sur les étiquettes, or cheating on labels, which amounts to false advertising; mélanges de vins, or blending wines (French wines are normally blends, but not all blends are legal); and fausses médailles, or fake medals (you don’t get to claim an award you didn’t receive!).
It’s not clear from the article whether the medals were non-existent awards or real awards claimed although they had not been bestowed. Note, by the way, the typo in that sentence of the news article. The correct form is above, on this page. Smirk…
And don’t you love the name of the governmental agency in charge of this sort of stuff? It’s the DGCCRF, which stands for la Direction de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes. That would be the Bureau of Competition, Consumption, and Repression of Fraud. They do take their wine seriously in France! And with reason, since it is a major industry.
No case has been filed yet against these four gentlemen or their company. One of the concerns is for the health of the maison, as the French call this establishment. The 70 employees are at risk, if people stop buying the affected wines (many labels, from 2005 to 2009) or if the stock drops.
*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file: