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Monday, 30 September 2013

Olivier Cousin: three days before Oliver's picnic and court judgment

Will Olivier Cousin be shipped off to a Penal Colony?!

The offending label

There are now just three days before Olivier Cousin's picnic in the centre of Angers – Place Leclerc. Olivier has invited his supporters to a picnic at midday on Wednesday 2nd October before the French judiciary hands down a judgment against M.Cousin for having put Anjou Pur Breton on a vin de table label. See details of the invitation on Facebook here. You supply the food and Olivier will arrive with a barrel drawn by his horses.

Olivier has waited two years for this judgment for fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 40,000€. His use of Anjou on a vin de table is a minor misdemeanor, which should have been settled long ago with a small fine. Instead it has been blown up out of all proportion. More details here. See also Jancis Robinson's view of the case.  

Today we are off to the Pays Nantais to see how the Muscadet harvest is coming along before heading to Angers for the picnic. Hope to see you there!    

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