Hubert de Bouard brings defamation suit against Vino Business author

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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 candidates were made aware of them. The ministers of Agriculture and Finance then approved its official publication… All these elements demonstrate that Isabelle Saporta’s accusations in her book against the proprietor of Chateau Angélus are really unfounded’.Saporta told that she learned of the action by de Bouard this daylight, but insists she had interviewed him during the research administer, and made him aware of the subjects to be roofed within the book. ‘He knew that I was an investigative journalist, and I gave him each right to answer. The attacks against me have become increasingly private, but both my publisher and I await the outcome of this case with serenity’.A spokesperson for de Bouard said that he did not want to make direct observations to the media. ‘The aim is not to draw any further attention. He simply wants particular facts to be acknowledged.’

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