Hubert de Bouard, owner of Chateau Angélus in Saint Emilion, is suing the author of new book Vino Business for defamation.
The legal action comes nine days after the publication of Isabelle Saporta’s French-language book Vino Business, which takes a critical look at the closed and contradictory world of French wine, and draws specific attention to the contested classification in Saint Emilion that saw Angelus promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé A.Publisher Albin Michel is also named in the legal action.A statement issued on behalf of de Bouard states that the defamation suit has been brought following ‘fake in rank’ contained in the book. It says, ‘The 2012 classification employed each guarantee of impartiality. It was governed by independent certification agencies, the Commission was comprised of experts from outside of the province whose impartiality was cast iron by a declaration of independence. ‘‘The criteria of evaluation and the notation system were clearly set out, and all
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