Expensive wine company caught filling their bottles with cheap alcohol

Published On: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 6:00 AM
By: Sarah Weiss
Thousands of British wine lovers have been drinking expensive wine without realizing that the vintage burgundy was nothing more than cheap table wine in a fraud operated by one of the most prestigious retailers in France, prosecutors have said.

After an 18 month investigation, police say Laboure-Roi traders took bottles of Nuits Saint George and topped it up with wine from the supermarket.

Nuits Saint George was not part of the scam that occurred between 2005 and 2009, when 2 million bottles sold, police said in a press conference in Dijon.

They were bought by people who thought they were buying Nuits St George crops that were in Chateau-produced and in some cases, the prize winner.
Laboure-Roi, which has been established since 1832, is the region of Burgundy's third largest wine company and sells the drink worldwide.

Some were also individually numbered bottles of wines and the scam is believed to have earned several hundred million pounds.

Some cases of wine were sold for thousands of pounds in spite of them is crowned with a cheaper wine from southern France, with high alcohol content and is available in supermarkets, police said.
Two of the Laboure-Roi executives, brothers Armando, 82, and Louis Cottin, 83, were arrested in a police sting along with a wine taster and the administrator of the company.
They were released later and still not charge.
Police have seized large quantities of wine and tax inspectors are also looking at the records of the company, said a police spokesman.