Les Grands Chais de France has launched an appeal against the sale of Bordeaux négociant Antoine Moueix Lebègue (AML) to French wine group Jeanjean.

Les Grands Chais, which was in the running for AML, made the appeal alongside former AML director Jose Gracia.

"Mr Gracia was not happy with the decision of the Cognac tribunal (which allowed Jeanjean to buy AML last November). He wanted it to be Grands Chais de France," Jeanjean group director Brigitte Jeanjean told just-drinks today (13 February).

She declined to say more until the Bordeaux appeals court resolved the matter. The court's decision is due on 19 March.

St. Emilion-based AML, which employs about 100 people, was in liquidation when Jeanjean bought it. Jeanjean had announced plans to invest EUR3m (US$3.9m) in AML over two years.