Tag Archives: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

• Over $300,000 worth of wine stolen from Napa’s French Laundry

Over $300,000 worth of wine stolen from Napa’s French Laundry

A Christmas Day robbery at Yountville’s storied French Laundry restaurant netted a king’s collection of fabulous wines worth at least $300,000. The thieves, who jimmied a door at the wine room on the property, obviously knew exactly what they were going for. Most of the 76 bottles taken were from the Domaine de la Romanée […]

• Buyer beware. Fake wine now accounts for 20% of market

Buyer beware. Fake wine now accounts for 20% of market

Fake wines now account for 20% of global wine sales according to unofficial industry estimates. The claim was published last Friday in regional French newspaper Sud Ouest and refers to value sales, linked predominantly to top Bordeaux and Burgundy. Last week, magistrates in Bordeaux sentenced Armenian immigrant Armand Aramian to four months in prison for […]

• Love Romanée-Conti? Cellar to go under the hammer this fall

Love Romanée-Conti? Cellar to go under the hammer this fall

Sotheby’s will host an auction composed exclusively of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti this autumn. The 140 lots are expected to realise HK$11 million – $16m and come from a single cellar in the north west of the US. The sale will precede the Haut-Brion ex-cellar auction happening in the city in October. Highlights include 36 […]

• Charlie Trotter being sued for selling ‘fake’ Romanée-Conti

Charlie Trotter being sued for selling ‘fake’ Romanée-Conti

Chicago-based celebrity chef Charlie Trotter is being sued for allegedly selling two collectors a magnum of fake Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Bekim and Ilir Frrokaj paid £30,000 last June for what Trotter had claimed was a magnum of 1945 DRC from the chef’s now defunct Michelin-starred restaurant, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. The pair only learnt […]

• Counterfeit wine scams “tip of the iceberg”

Counterfeit wine scams “tip of the iceberg”

Huge amounts of counterfeit wines are yet to be uncovered according to Serena Sutcliffe MW. Addressing attendees of the Fine & Rare Specialist course at Vienna’s Palais Coburg earlier this month, the head of Sotheby’s wine department said that current allegations concerning counterfeiting were “the tip of the iceberg”. She also said that the discovery […]

• That pricey Burgundy may be just a cheap wine

That pricey Burgundy may be just a cheap wine

The detention of four executives of a major Burgundy producer has created turmoil in France’s wine industry. Accusations of wine fraud, which have been swirling around the international trade in rare vintages, have now struck home at the source of some of the world’s most prized bottles, the cellars of Burgundy. The Burgundy wine industry […]

• Alleged Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Indicted

Alleged Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Indicted

Federal grand jury hands down charges against the wine collector; he could be extradited to New York soon. A federal grand jury in New York has indicted accused wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan on four counts of mail and wire fraud to sell counterfeit wine, of defrauding a finance company, of double pledging collateral, and of […]

• WINE FRAUD WARNING: RUDY KURNIAWAN IS TRYING TO AUCTION MORE WINES

WINE FRAUD WARNING: RUDY KURNIAWAN IS TRYING TO AUCTION MORE WINES

In the last 48 hours I have confirmed from multiple sources that Rudy Kurniawan is once again offering millions of dollars worth of wine for auction — this time at an auction to be held in London on February 8 by Spectrum Wine Auctions (based in Orange County California) and Vanquish Wine Ltd of London. […]

• Bordeaux falls flat at Sotheby auction

Bordeaux falls flat at Sotheby auction

Poor interest in Bordeaux led to a disappointing start of the auction year for Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. Fetching HK$44 million, the auction failed to reach its prospective HK$50-70m but, in a trend carried over from last year, Burgundy topped the list for the most sought-after lots. The top lot was a case of Domaine […]

• Year’s biggest wine auction nets $14.5 mln in Hong Kong

Year’s biggest wine auction nets $14.5 mln in Hong Kong

A weekend sale of rare French wine returned $14.5 million, making it the year’s biggest wine auction and underlining Hong Kong’s status as a leading wine market, the auction house said Monday. The two-day auction by US house Acker Merrall & Condit featured the Don Stott Collection, considered a “reference library of great Burgundy”, the […]

• Californian wine producer under fire for Burgundy bashing

Californian wine producer under fire for Burgundy bashing

Cult Sonoma winery Marcassin has suffered an online backlash after its owners criticised Burgundian winemaking. The “explanation of why the Burgundians struggle so with ripeness” in the latest newsletter from Marcassin owners Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer was sparked by the response of Robert Parker to their 2006 wines. The pair presented these to the […]

• California: Strong Demand At Spectrum Wine Auctions

California: Strong Demand At Spectrum Wine Auctions

97.4% of Lots Sold, Strong Demand for Wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Spain and California. Spectrum Wine Auctions, one of the new leading players in fine and rare wine auctions, sold an impressive 97.4% of the 1,752 lots offered at its massive two-day Spring 2011 Live Auction, held on March 12 and 13 at The Sheraton […]

• Sotheby’s wine auctions bring out big guns from Burgundy, Bordeaux & Tuscany

Sotheby’s wine auctions bring out big guns from Burgundy, Bordeaux & Tuscany

The best of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Tuscany will go under the hammer in London and New York over the next couple of months at Sotheby’s. The London auction next week features a truly impressive line-up of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. All the lots are, sadly, incomplete cases but do cover the vintages 1988 to 2006 […]

• Is Biodynamics Hocus Pocus or a Natural Wonder?

Is Biodynamics Hocus Pocus or a Natural Wonder?

… Biodynamics is a system of organic agriculture based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, the German theosophist, specifically on a series of lectures he delivered to farmers in 1924. It uses many of the principles of organic farming—no pesticides or chemical fertilizers—but goes further, relying on practices like planting and harvesting according to solar […]

• A Rare Peek Inside the World's Most Exclusive Wine Domaine in Burgundy

A Rare Peek Inside the World's Most Exclusive Wine Domaine in Burgundy

At No. 1, Rue Derrière le Four in Vosne-Romanée, the midafternoon sun catches the courtyard, casting a shadow across its white-washed walls, briefly illuminating a small oval-shaped plaque that sits atop a pair of burgundy-colored gates. Against the light one can just make out the letters “RC”—the one clue as to what lies behind. It […]