FRANCE: Vandals empty Bordeaux wine vats containing 100,000 litres
Bordeaux's SCEA Atlantide hit by wine vandals
Vandals have emptied the vats of wine producer SCEA Atlantide, which contained around 100,000 litres of Bordeaux claret 2009 and 2010 and also Bordeaux supérieur 2009.
The company has lost its entire production, estimated to be worth close to EUR1.4m, according to company MD Jean-Jacques Reygades. SCEA Atlantide’s vineyards are located on a small island, the Ile Verte, in the Gironde estuary.
The company’s Bordeaux supérieur 2009 and claret 2010 were to be presented at a competition at the Paris Agricultural Show next month. “There’s not a drop left, not even a sample. It’s a bitter blow for the company but we are determined to carry on,” Reygades told just-drinks yesterday (4 January). He said the police investigation into the incident was progressing.
“This is not a gratuitous act. To reach us, you need a boat. Those involved had a very good knowledge of the area and the tides,” he added.
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