You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Friday 3 July 2015

Lafitte vs Lafite battle moves to China

17th February, 2014 by Lauren Eads

A long-running battle between renowned producer Château Lafite Rothschild and Côtes de Bordeaux producer Chateau Lafitte over the trademarking of the Lafitte name has spread to China.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Château Lafitte in Bordeaux

photo 2

Philippe Mengin, owner of Château Lafitte

Château Lafitte has been producing wine under its Lafitte name since 1763, but have been locked in a legal battle with Château Lafite Rothschild over the use of the Lafitte name for the last 10 years.

In 2003 Château Lafite Rothschild took the smaller producer to court arguing in the French courts that they should not be allowed to use the name Lafitte.

However in 2008 France’s highest appeals courts ruled in Château Lafitte’s favour confirming their right to use the Lafitte name while depriving Château Lafite Rothschild of the right to use the name in isolation.

In a continuing battle, Château Lafite Rothschild is now contesting an attempt by Château Lafitte to Trademark the Lafitte name in China.

Philippe Mengin, owner of Château Lafitte, said: “We are well aware that we have neither the networks nor the financial situation of our long-standing accuser, but we hope that by publicising the case as much as possible, they will at last agree to abide by common sense and submit to the court rulings that have once and for all recognised that our rights to Château Lafitte are older and superior to those of Château Lafite Rothschild.

“Just because we are less economically powerful does not mean that our rights should not be recognised.”

A spokesperson for Domaines Barons de Rothschild, owner of Lafite, said in a statement: “As one of the most recognised brand names in China, this is part of an ongoing battle to control the unauthorised use of our name in various global markets.”

The name Lafite comes from an old French term “la fite” – meaning “small hill”.

A similar battle is currently on-going between the luxury champagne house Krug and an Austrian wine producer, also named Krug. 

One Response to “Lafitte vs Lafite battle moves to China”

  1. Andrew Brown says:

    Watch out Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte, you will be next !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

China presents a 'long, slow opportunity' for Australian wine

China has slowed down its demand for fine Australian wine, but there is still more...

Santa Rita launching new Irish campaign

Chilean wine producer Santa Rita Estates is spending €500,000 on a new more...

BI offers 2014 imperial collection en primeur

Fine wine merchant Bordeaux Index is offering its clients a 10 imperial more...

UK Sales Manager

London, United Kingdom

How to drink like a billionaire

With access to tropical islands, private yachts and the best food and drink more...

Castel feeds aperitif thirst

Europe’s largest wine producer, Castel, has unveiled a raft of new products more...

Diageo 'shelves' £240m Chinese scheme

Swellfun, the Chinese subsidiary of drinks giant Diageo, has reportedly more...

Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Based on experience

Beer festival in China’s Muslim area angers 'exiles'

In China’s predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, exiled groups of Uighur more...

Bordeaux 2005: 12 ‘perfect’ wines

Twelve wines have been given “perfect” 100-point ratings in Robert more...

Austrian wine importer launches in Hong Kong

A wine importer specialising in Austrian wines has launched in Hong Kong to more...

Marketing and eCommerce Manager

London, United Kingdom

Competitive, includes equity options

Wine thieves go on trial

A gang of wine thieves accused of stealing a million euros worth of wine from more...

En primeur: beware the heralded vintage?

From an investment point of view is it best to buy the “vintages of the more...

Chinese student builds house out of beer bottles

An engineering graduate and his father have built a two-storey house made out more...

Warehouse Supervisor

London, United Kingdom

£27,000-£30,000 depending on experience

Hong Kong: Red obsession

While whites are starting to be taken seriously in Hong Kong restaurants, the more...

Rhône valley makes push on younger HK market

Rhone Valley Wines' recent annual tasting combined art and film in a bid to win more...

Bordeaux wine thieves found guilty

A French court has sentenced 15 men over the audacious theft of $1.1 million of more...

PR Manager

Competitive

Champagne needs to 'create a new occasion'

Champagne needs to "create a new occasion" and better communicate its brand if more...

Copa América: Malbec vs Carmenère

Saturday sees Chile and Argentina go head-to-head in football’s Copa América more...

Rise for Haut Bailly in Liv-ex 2015 classification

Liv-ex’s bi-annual “re-classification” of Bordeaux saw Haut Bailly leap more...

International Business Development Assistant

London, United Kingdom

To be determined, based on the profile and experience of the candidate

Parker retrospective boosts 05 Palmer

Château Palmer’s 2005 is the latest wine from that vintage to see an more...

China recognises 'Bordeaux'

China has said it now recognises the term “Bordeaux” as a brand after what more...