A Bordeaux wine producer has been fined EUR3,000 (US$4,038) and given a suspended sentence of two months in prison for labelling his rosé wine as clariet.

The wine, Château Monbazan from the Graves region, was analysed by the Bordeaux fraud squad - the Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la repression des frauds - and found to contain 11 degrees of alcohol. The limit for clariet, which is slightly darker than rosé, is 10 degrees.

The lawyer for the accused argued that the difference was negligible, given that both the price and the grape varieties used for the rosé and the clariet were the same. The producer claimed he had used the clariet labels because he had run out of rosé labels.

The judgement was announced last Thursday (5 April).