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Friday 19 April 2019

Sad news for lovers of Bordeaux wines

Two million bottles of wine with an estimated value of over $16 million are believed to have been destroyed in a huge warehouse fire in Carbon-Blanc, a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in south-western France. 

Almost 60 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze, which broke out across storage facility buildings in the town outside Bordeaux. 

A vast quantity of alcohol owned by the Sovex Grands Châteaux company was wrecked in the fire. The company sells labels including Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Lafon-Rochet and Chateau Gloria. 

Around two million bottles were either destroyed or made “unfit” by the blaze, local media reported. 

Around 80 employees were evacuated from the buildings and no injuries were reported.

The fire is thought to have started in one of the warehouse’s false ceilings, which fell onto several pallets and crates of wine.

Police have opened an investigation into the cause of the fire and the company is consulting with its insurers on the extent of the damage.

Bordeaux is the largest wine-producing region in France. It produces some of the most expensive and coveted wine in the world.

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