Celebrated French organic wine producer risks jail over pesticide order

Thibault Liger-Belair is defying orders to spray a pesticide on his Burgundy vines after an outbreak of flavescence dorée 40 kilometres away.

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One of France’s most venerated winemakers, whose vineyards supply leading restaurants, including those owned by Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay, will this week risk a six-month prison sentence or a large fine for the sake of both his grapes and, he says, future generations who will want to enjoy the fruit of his soil, reports The Guardian.