Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Olivier Cousin: an update on 'Anjou Pur Breton'
'Anjou Pur Breton' – the offending label
Above is the offending label that could land Olivier Cousin in court in Angers facing a maximum fine of 37,500 and two years in jail. Given that the mention of place and grape variety is not allowed on a vin de table a mild rap over the knuckles might be an appropriate response but certainly nothing more.
I understand that, as of this morning, there have been 500 signatories to the petition in support of Olivier on Sylvie Augereau's Glougueule site. Following a phone call to Olivier yesterday I have updated my Sunday post here giving more background on this affair. My weekly post on Les 5 du Vin also covers this along with the possibly successful attempt in Brussels by the French wine authorities to have thrown out the proposal to limit the use of chaptalisation to wines reaching a potential of 15.5%. This proposal would have ensured that European sweet wines were naturally sweet rather than their sweetness coming from added sugar.