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  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Jancis Robinson
2 Oct 2013

2 Oct later - French silliness rules! The case against Olivier has been put back until 5 March 2014. More details here.

Olivier Cousin, winemaker provocateur in the Loire valley, is planning a picnic in front of the Angers courthouse today where judgement on his mislabelling is expected at 2 pm. See the background to a case that should surely not have reached this stage in French silliness over AOC.

You can read even more detail by Loire and wine crime specialist Jim Budd here. Jim is the scourge of true wine fraudsters but is clearly deeply sympathetic to Cousin. I wonder whether Cousin will use the crowd-sourcing site to help him pay any fine?

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