REIMS, France, March 29 (UPI) -- A French Champagne-maker says he fears counterfeiters will sell fake bottles of his product after thieves stole 16,000 labels and 3,700 bottles from his winery.
Anselme Selosse said the supplies to bottle Jacques Selosse Champagne were stolen last week from his winery near Reims.
The thieves used deodorant and liquid soap to wipe away traces of DNA that could have been left behind in the theft, Radio France International reported Thursday.
"This theft is no danger at all to my company but the taking of packaging pieces makes me fear that a counterfeit-production workshop will be set up soon," Selosse said.
Jacques Selosse Champagne was first produced in 1949. The 18-acre vineyard produces about 57,000 bottles of the champagne each year.