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Watch out for fake champagne after thieves steal thousands of labels
A top Champagne-maker fears the market may be flooded with fakes after thieves robbed 16,000 labels, along with 3,700 bottles, from his winery in eastern France.
In a well-planned operation a week ago the robbers used deodorant and washing-up liquid to wipe away DNA traces before making off with 3,700 bottles of Jacques Selosse
champagne and 16,000 labels, according to winemaker Anselme Selosse.
“This theft is no danger at all to my company but the taking off packaging pieces makes me fear that a counterfeit-production workshop will be set up soon,” he said Thursday.
Jacques Selosse champagne first went into production in 1949.
It produces about 57,000 highly prized bottles a year on 7.5 hectares of vineyard near Reims, according to the specialised press.