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Raynaud fails to squash Robert Parker expos

Published:  23 July, 2008

FRANCE: Bordeaux's Alain Raynaud has failed in his legal attempt to strike passages from the Robert Parker expos, published in France.

Raynaud, who heads up the Cercle de Rive Droite, had requested an injunction against the book Robert Parker: Anatomie d'un Mythe, from a Bordeaux court earlier this week.

The case centred around the allegation, reported by Agostini, that Parker was the godfather of Raynaud's daughter and that Raynaud had asked Parker to be a godfather in order to gain favour from the highly influential wine critic.

Raynaud said: "I gave proof to the court that my daughter's godfather is not Parker. She's now 12 years old. It's as if I'm accused of using my daughter."

Raynaud said he had read an advance copy of the book as a member of a French literary society.

For her part, Agostini said she had not read the court's ruling but that she was 'extremely satisfied' with the decision. She said she had sourced information from Elin McCoy's 2005 book on Parker, The Emperor of Wine, as well as an article by wine writer Nicolas Rabaudy in the magazine Trois Etoiles.

Raynaud said he was "surprised" by the ruling and added that he was considering his options to taking the matter further.