Top 10 news of 2018 in China’s wine market

10. Lafite mix-up

One customer had a very happy day when a sales employee in China made a costly mistake after selling him a bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild grand vin as its much cheaper second wine ‘Carruades de Lafite’. The grand vin usually retails for four times the price of the second label.

This was not the first mix-up apparently, in another liquor store a staff member sold Château Ausone’s grand vin as its second label.

It goes without saying that staff training and wine knowledge are essential, especially when a mix-up with grand vin and sometimes similarly-looking second label can easily set a merchant back thousands just for one bottle, let alone for cases.

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