Chateaux’ lucky Chinese names are not to all tastes

Chinese owners renaming their Bordeaux wine chateaux with lucky symbols – such as Château Lapin Impérial and Château Antilope Tibétaine – have upset a well-known writer.

Author Philippe Sollers complained to the city’s mayor over “the incredible change of names of some wines of terroir which have become appellations of Chinese folklore”.

The story made the main television news but most of the sympathy in Bordeaux was with the Chinese owners.

Emmanuelle de ...

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