FRANCE: Beaujolais exporter in fraud claim – report
A renowned Beaujolais wine maker is under investigation by French authorities, according to press reports. Georges Duboeuf has been accused of mixing cheaper Beaujolais into his company's premium wine. According to a report from Agence France Presse yesterday (25 August), the alleged fraud involves around 300,000 bottles worth of Beaujolais from last year.
The mixes, which were discovered during a routine inspection, were "the error of one man," Duboeuf is quoted saying in AFP. The company executive who ordered the illegal mixing has since resigned.
Duboeuf, whose company handles around 75% of France's Beaujolais exports, told AFP that the wine represented only 5% of his firm's production and was quickly withdrawn from sale.
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