They didn't object to the box but did find fault with his label on his Cabernet Franc – 'Anjou Pur Breton' (Breton is the local name for Cabernet Franc). This brought the full force of the DGCCRF on him and he faces a potential case against him for fraud and bringing the appellation system into disrepute. It is now down the Procurer in Angers to decide whether to proceed with this case – hence the petition below. Apparently he could a fine of up to a maximum of 37,500€ along with a maximum prison sentence of two years.
Signatories include: Olivier Grosjean, Paul Fouassier (Sancerre), François Despierriers (BourgogneLive), Patrick Corbineau (Chinon), Iris Rutz-Rudel, Florence Andrieu (Festival Culinaire), Michel Smith (Les 5 du Vin), David Lillie (USA importer), Denyse Louis (Louis Dressner), Julien Bresteau (La Grange aux Belles, Anjou), Rémi Fournier (Chez Rémi, Angers), Myriam and Bernard Plageoles (Gaillac), Michel and Béatrice Auge (Les Maisons Brulées, Touraine), Alice and Olivier Moor (Chablis), Gérard and Catherine Bossé (Restaurant une île, Angers), Eric Texier (Brézème), Arnold Waldstein (USA based blogger), Marc Roisin (Vinogusto), Doug Cook (Able Grape), Doug Wregg, Eric Narioo, Philippe Lubac (all three – Les Caves de Pyrène Cousin's UK importers), Jancis Robinson MW, Jamie Goode (wine anorak), Simon Woods (Drinking outside the box), Fiona Beckett (wine correspondent for the Guardian), Nicolas de Rouyn (Bonvivant), Ricardo Perez Palacios (Bierzo, Spain), Catherine Roussel and Didier Barouillet (Clos Roche Blanche, Touraine), Patrick Baudouin (Coteaux du Layon), Pithon-Paillé (Anjou), Christina Pickard (wine presenter, USA), René Mosse (Anjou), Robert McIntosh (wine conversation and Vrazon), Steve Delong (guides USA), Francis Boulard (Champagne), Charles Metcalfe (wine writer and presenter), Agnès Mosse (Anjou), Gilbert Winfield (UK), Nigel Blundell (UK importer), Natasha Hughes (writer), Wink Lorch (wine travel guides), Richard Leroy (Anjou) and Rosemary George MW.
jenny & françois selections, Oliver's US importers, also have the petition here.