Château Petrus from Pomerol was awarded 1.18 million euros in damages by a court of first instance in Bordeaux. The accused parties, including CGM Vins and Direct Chais, were convicted of damaging the reputation of the Petrus brand. According to the court, these companies had committed "parasitic" acts to the detriment of the Petrus name by marketing their wine with the name "Petrus Lambertini". The legal dispute has been dragging on since 2011 and is not yet finished because an appeal is to be expected, the regional newspaper Sud-Ouest reports.
According to a statement by Stéphane Coureau from CGM Vins, the "Coureau & Coureau Petrus Lambertini Major Burdegalensis 1208" brand, named after the first mayor of Bordeaux, has been legally registered since its foundation. The representatives of Château Petrus, on the other hand, stated that the company wanted to guarantee consumers the commercial origin of the products labelled with the name "Petrus" and to take action against any company that would use its name illegally.
(al / Source: Decanter)