Caveat Emptor – Fake Wines!

As demand and prices for rare and old wines increase there are an ever increasing number of fake bottles being offered by people keen to capitalise on the market. We take every care to guard against being an outlet for such bottles but have to remain vigilant. It’s not only auctioneers and merchants who get offered fakes though – so the reason for this post is to draw our customer’s attention to a message received earlier today from a Belgian auctioneer:


I would like to ask your attention for some important issues:

Unfortunately there are many false wines in the market at the moment.
This Saturday I was asked together with my colleague Luc van Zon by Chris Thiran from Belgium Wine Watchers to look at a very special collection offered to him.

Among the collection 1961 en 1947 Petrus in magnum, 1961 Latour à Pomerol, large quantities 1947 en 1961 Lafleur (more than 100 bottles in total, complete list at end of this message)

A beautiful collection but unfortunately all bottles are unmistakable frauds!

The persons trying to sell are from the region North France, Brussels and Mons.
We think that they will try to sell the bottles individually or thru Ebay.
If these bottles are presented to you please be aware.

Winelist :

18 cht latour à pomerol 1961(négoce étiquette même que cht)
6 cht petrus 1959 (négoce étiquette même que cht)
12 cht petrus 1961(négoce étiquette même que cht )
13 cht petrus 1952(négoce étiquette même que cht)
13 cht lafleur 1961(négoce étiquette même que cht )
3 cht cheval blanc 1949(mise calvet)
1 cht petrus 1945(négoce étiquette même que cht )
6 cht lafleur 1947(négoce étiquette même que cht)
6 cht yquem 1921(vandermeulen decanniére ostende)
12 cht cheval blanc 1947(mise calvet)
12 cht la mission haut brion 1955(négoce étiquette même que cht)
12 cht lafleur 1950(négoce étiquette même que cht)
12 cht petrus 1950(négoce étiquette même que cht)
2MG de cht petrus 1947(négoce étiquette même que cht)

5MG de cht petrus 1961(négoce étiquette même que cht )

Again all false bottles !!!

-Corks are too small
-Copied labels
-Capsules do not match
-Most of the bottles will have blue negociant capsules, they come off easy and show the not matching corks.

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9 Responses to “Caveat Emptor – Fake Wines!”

  1. Francesco Lee Says:

    Great post. Do you have photos to share?

  2. Bonjour je suis un grand amateur de vins,je suis trés conscient du problème des fausses bouteilles mais il faut savoir également qu’ il existe des mises négoces et particulière dans la famille de mon épouse sont grand pére embouteillé de l’évangile et du la fleur petrus!!! chez eu,le choix des bouchons était libre ainsi que la capsule qui etait quelconque ,idem pour les plus grand je pense qu’un certain nombres de personnes ne sont pas informé je possède quelques grand cru mis en bouteille par des particuliers dans les années 1940,ce n’est pas pour cela que le vin est autre chose! sans bien sur que je suis conscient du problème de fausse bouteille mon père ma laissé du gazin 1947 mise inconnue je présume que ce n’est pas pour autant qu’elle est fausse???

  3. Thanks for your comment. I think everyone accepts that with old wines one will come across a variety of capsules, bottles, corks and labels and that there are many legitimate bottles with similar provenance to yours. We weren’t intending to damn all of these – but to raise awareness of a specific collection where there are a number of issues which would irrefutably mark the wines out as fakes.

  4. Hi there!
    Of course, in theory UK based ebay does not sell wine (alcohol licensing issues!)

    • Indeed. Of course if you’re not selling the alcohol (only the bottle), then there’s probably less interest in policing what’s in the bottle..

  5. if you have a problem with vandermeulen wine, you can always contact me

  6. Neil Edmonds Says:

    They will not be sold on eBay – they have a policy of not selling alcohol!

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