Contrôles de l’absence de francisation des vins importés
I couldn’t help but chortle when I read an article in decanter.com about the DGCCRF (the French wine police) finding that some retailers and restaurants are passing off Spanish wine as French. You can read the whole article on https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/spanish-wine-france-fraud-dgccrf-396795/?utm_campaign=20180710_XDC-X_NWL_NW_dailynewsalert&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ET
What was particularly funny to me was the reporting that “results of the latest investigation could provoke a sense of vindication among wine unions in Languedoc-Roussillon, which have complained in recent years about the flow of cheap Spanish wine into France; also claiming that some of it was not being labelled properly”.
I remember being in the Languedoc in the 1970’s where the vignerons were bemoaning the fact that “les camions de Bordeaux ne passaint plus par le Languedoc pour recolté leurs vins” to blend with the wines of Bordeaux in order to give the Bordeaux wines a bit of stuffing!
Another typical example of the continentals blatantly ignoring the rules, whilst our UK wine police (or sales prevention officers, as they are know as in the wine trade) busy themselves checking on label information rules from wines outside the EU to see that they comply whilst ignoring labels from wines within the EU
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!