By Andrew Catchpole
Poor old beaujolais. The wine that once launched a thousand races across La Manche is again the source of sour grapes. Beaujolais nouveau has lost its lustre, plummeting demand has seen hundreds of thousands of hecto-litres turned to vinegar and a critic in Lyon Mag creating a very public legal battle after describing the wine as "vin de merde" (Lyon Mag won on appeal). Now George Duboeuf, the region's best-known and most prolific producer, has been charged with fraud.