Bordeaux Classification Pair Face Criminal Charges

Two of Bordeaux’s best-known personalities are facing criminal charges in the fallout over the ill-fated 2012 Saint-Émilion classification, after seven years of simmering controversy.

Hubert de Boüard of Château Angélus and Philippe Castéja of Château Trotte Vieille were ordered to stand trial on charges of having an illegal conflict of interest in the reclassification that saw Angélus elevated to Grand Cru Classé A status and Trotte Vieille retain its Grand Cru Classé B status in the process, despite both owners being in positions of influence in the appellation and the INAO, the organization that oversees the AOC system.

Both men strenuously deny any wrongdoing. Read more.

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