A wine merchant has been given a suspended prison sentence for mixing wines and selling them, according to press reports.

Agence France Presse wrote yesterday that Dominique Blanc, 49, was found guilty of selling about 10m bottles of mislabelled wine, consisting of inferior wine mixed with Bordeaux vintages.

Blanc is thought to have made around €9m from the fraudulent wine between 2000 and 2002, the agency reports. He was ordered by the court in Bordeaux to pay a fine of €180,000.

Blanc's defence was that the mixing technique was widely-used in the Bordeaux region.