Wine Fraud? or Wine Mistake?
Georges Duboeuf Wines, the French wine company that you probably know as the King of Nouveau Beaujolais, was convicted of fraud in a french court for making a mistake in the blending of one of their wines that never made it to market. The fine was approximately $38,000.
What happened was that in the course of blending up a new batch grapes that did not satisfy the Beaujolais appellation requirements made it into the wine, a wine that never made it to market.
It was a slap on the wrist as the prosecutors were apparently looking to really sock it to the company and make an example of them. This didn’t happen. And it’s good it didn’t happen. By all accounts what occurred was a mistake and the company took immediate action to assure the wine didn’t make it to market.