Can I avoid fraudulently labelled wine?

The buyer has few tricks of his own to prevent AOP rip-offs, says Jonathan Hesford

March saw yet another wine négociant prosecuted for wine fraud. The company Raphaël Michel, alleged to be France’s number one trader of bulk wine, is believed to have been convicted of selling Vin de France as the AOPs Côtes-du-Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 

It was reported that up to 450,000hl, the equivalent of 65 million bottles, have been sold fraudulently over a period of three years, which coincidentally corresponded to a 400% increase in the share price. See our April edition for more on this.

Raphaël Michel is a major supplier of wine to UK supermarkets under a number of different labels as well as having a large market in China. They import wines from Chile, Argentina, Australia and South Africa as well as buying from over 1,000 different ...

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