New book blasts ‘cruel’ Saint Emilion

6th March, 2014 by Rupert Millar

A new book published in France this week has singled out the Saint Emilion classification of 2012 as “illustrative” of many problems with wine in France.


Vino Business” by French journalist Isabelle Saporta, takes a swipe at the “cruel, medieval micro-society”, the “omerta” of big château owners and even critics and reviewers that she says dominate the country’s industry.

Saporta is a journalist with no previous connections to the wine industry but she has written before on intensive agriculture, in 2011 publishing “The Black Book of Agriculture: How we are killing our farmers, our health and the environment”, and in 2009 “Let’s not mince words, eat differently to live better“.

She told La Revue du Vin de France that she was intrigued by….

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