Last week Hervé, our celebrated rédacteur-en-chef, proposed that we should make five nominations for our ‘Wine Hall of Fame’. As I am always keen to accede to his demands when possible, here are my five nominations:
Jean-Antoine Chaptal, Comte de Chanteloup (5th June 1756 – 30th July 1832) who ensured the everlasting prosperity of the beet farmers of Northern France.
The French authorities, who allowed 1855.com to rack up debts of over 40 million euros along with millions of undelivered bottles of wine many of them Bordeaux cru classé from Bordeaux. Furthermore no-one has yet to be brought to justice for their part in this well publicised scam;
The CIVC for their vengeful, foolish and self-defeating pursuit of Champagne Jayne;
The INAO and the Anjou producers for hounding Olivier Cousin over ‘Anjou Pur Breton’;
Veuve Clicquot and any other multi-national company that pursues small producers, for example in Tasmania or Southern Italy, claiming that they are infringing their colour shade copyright when at the same time failing to pursue the many Prosecco companies who use a similar colour on their labels and who also fail to object to EasyJet and to amber traffic lights…..