I found all these wine in the Gaoqao, the professionnal market in Changsha.
Most of these shops have no clue that they sell fake wine.
They themselves bought these wines from the internet at very very low price.
Fake Castel wines
I think that most of these wines are fake but I am not sure.
Judging from its color this wine is fake
Also I am suspicious: the bottle is wrapped in plastic film. Is this normal? I have doubts.
I am not sure about the red one?
The price of Castel wines are rather low 100-120rmb.
I am not sure you can sell real Castel imported french wine at this price?
The outside packaging are clearly fake.
There is not space left in the french writting: it should be COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC.
Now this box must be fake with it Eiffel Tower.
If the packaging are fake then the wines should be fake too.
It is very interesting to see that outside most of the advertisements are Castel advertisements. I am not sure how much it costs the company... But many shops seem to sell fake Castel wine: not very effective advertisements!
This underlines a common issue in China: some brands develop a strong brand image but they are prey to copies and imitations.
This advertisement is for french wine.
But I am a fool if this man on the advertisement is french!
Various fake wine
Eglise d'Auteuil is a Paris subway station...
Chemin vert, another Paris subway station
Another Subway station Mairie des Lilas!
Meilot instead of Merlot!
Another a weird label
The writting from the original label is a mixture of french english: no doubt that this wine is fake!
Still you can notice that there is also a Chinese label and code bar! Even though this fake wine was not imported but bottled localy in mainland China, it added a Chinese label in order not to avoid trouble in case of control from the tax administration.
La Seigneuse... hummm
Chinese wine at 10rmb
Gomanee! no not Romanee. This kind of label can easily confuse customers.
Miribeau instead of Mirabeau!
There are also many fake liquors sold in all bars and KTV.
I will show you this in another article.
Some facebook comment tells me that Castel wine leaves the producers at 1,20 to 2,50 euros. Therefore the price 100-120 is normal. Also it appears the bottle don't look fake.
However I believe the rosé is too old judging from the weird color. It was probably wasted by the cork...
Another thing is that Castel bottles its wine in China so that the price can stay low.
As for the advertisement it is not paid by Castel Group but by the distributors.