We first found out last year that Georges Duboeuf, Mr, Beaujolais Nouveau
, was being investigated for wine fraud. There was apparently something to the claims, he has been fined €30,000 for fraud
because some of the wine produced by his estate was blended with a variety of grapes rather than a single source. A series of barrels had been mixed with inferior grapes in attempts to conceal a bad harvest in 2004. Under France's AOC system blending is forbidden in order to maintain the terroir of a particular wine. Duboeuf has insisted that the blending was a mistake and not deliberately done. None of the wine was sold and the production manager at the winery, Sylvain Dory, resigned. For his part in the wine, Dory was given a three-month suspended sentence and fined €3000.