Buyer beware. Fake wine now accounts for 20% of market
on 04/11/13 at 1:13 pmWine
Fake wines now account for 20% of global wine sales according to unofficial industry estimates.
The claim was published last Friday in regional French newspaper Sud Ouest and refers to value sales, linked predominantly to top Bordeaux and Burgundy.
Last week, magistrates in Bordeaux sentenced Armenian immigrant Armand Aramian to four months in prison for selling fake Château Mouton Rothschild labels on eBay to a Saint Emilion-based winemaker and label collector.
When police searched Aramian’s Paris apartment they found 8,000 wine labels in his cellar.
“They were very likely forged in China,” said prosecutor Marianne Constantin.
“The most important thing is that the labels in this case did not make their way onto any bottles of fake wine,” she added.
Earlier last month, an Italian father and son were arrested on suspicion of counterfeiting 400 bottles of top Burgundy, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and selling them across Europe for a sum of €2 million.