December 31st, 1999 Four Bordeaux Châteaus Fined for Use of Wood Chips Estates and French wine authorities dispute whether the practice violates the law In an ongoing debate over accepted winemaking practices in France, the Bordeaux court of appeals has fined four châteaus and a cooperage house more than $13,000 each for adulterating wines by adding wood chips for flavor.
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