Wine Spectator: Fraud Trial Roils BordeauxNovember 28, 2022
The trial in Bordeaux’s Tribunal lasted just six hours, but the figures discussed were mind-boggling for the wine trade. Finishing late at night on Oct. 27, prosecutor Nathalie Mathieu deconstructed an intricate, profitable web of consumer and customs fraud.
Over a period of two years, from 2016 to 2019, 131 tanker trucks hauled the equivalent of 380,000 cases of cheap Spanish wine north over the border into France, where a cohort of five wine professionals are charged with passing it off as more expensive French wine, mainly Bordeaux appellations including pricey Margaux, St.-Julien and Pomerol. Wine Spectator has more.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.