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More wine fraud appears…!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2014 by AB

The recent trial of Rudy Kurniawan has brought the problems of fraud in the world of wine in to the spotlight. It’s well documented how, amongst other tricks, old bottles were refilled and old wines were relabelled as rare and elusive gems such as Domaine de la Romanee Conti 1945 (a wine of which there were likely only a few hundred bottles produced).

Today sees another case rear it’s ugly head (Jancis Robinson gives a nice summary on her site. For those who want a graphic depiction see here though. I have given an approximate translation below. A timely reminder (as though one were needed) to all of us in the business that one can never be too careful.

Vinfusk for millions : The methods by which a Danish couple bamboozled the rich

A scratch in the prestigious label or a little discoloration from years of storage of the valuable wine bottle in an exclusive wine cellar.

These are some of the many telltale characteristics wine writers René Langdahl Jorgensen and André Devald from the magazine “Gastro ” used to identify the multi-million wine fraud committed by the Danish couple Malene Meisner and René Dehn (formerly Rehné Thomsen ).

The detective work has also teamed up with a number of international “wine detectives” who have helped to reveal other scammers in the wine world .

According to the latest edition of “Gastro”, the Danish couple for several years cheated international wine connoisseurs. This was done by pouring cheap new wine into old cheap and expensive wine bottles with attractive labels and then recorking them.

They seem almost priceless wine bottles were next with much devotion served by fashionable wine tastings in an exclusive wine club for vinverdenens elite . Guests had paid dearly for the privilege to taste the rare drops, and the situation had none of the expectant varietals courage or ability to point out that the opskænkede wine was forged.

The following images are some of the bottles, according to ” Gastro” detection miraculously and supernaturally have been drunk several times on different occasions :


This prestigious Burgundy from the world’s most expensive wine producer Domaine de la Romanee-Conti in the year 1937 served the Danish couple, both in France in December 2012 and in London in April 2013. During the most recent serving the label torn here and there to remove revealing stains, yet it is recognizable.

The wine would normally cost around 75,000 per. bottle.

Also, another coveted Burgundy from the same manufacturer – Richebourg 1945 – is being offered up both in Burgundy in December 2012 and in april2013 in London. The wine is so rare that it can be priced. Despite some extra scratches on the label in London reveals, among other conspicuous discoloration that is the same bottle.

A hundedyr La Tache 1947 costs at auction almost 50,000 It opened the Danish couple 1 August evening in 2012 on their balcony and showed off afterwards with it on twitter. Burgundy pearl with the same folds and spots on the label was, however, a few months later reused for the couple’s expensive paying guests in France.

Also noble dessert wine could miraculously served several times from the same animal bottle. This d’Yquem 1929 opened both in Basel in March 2012 and eight months later in Burgundy. The deposited precipitate and the label’s distinctive go again.

Cult-Bourgognen Cros Parantoux 1988 stand up against the 50,000 bottle. Therefore, there may not be much to say to the couple Meisner and Dehn fake to enjoy the same bottle three times in six months: in July 2012 in Burgundy, in October 2012 in Basel and again in Burgundy in December 2012.

Also Pomerol wines can be drunk again and again. This Lafleur 1947 to a value of at least 30,000 DKK serves pair both March 2013 in Zurich and the next month in Basel, as there has been poured new wine into old bottles.

A small, dark mark months’ label indicates that this bottle drink both Sølyst in North Zealand in September 2009 and in Burgundy in December 2012. Had it been a real Château Margaux 1900, the price would be around £ 80,000, but in this case, bottle from a start was a Belgian forgery, the magazine gastros detective work.

Chateau Latour is undoubtedly a “grand vin”. Not least in the Bordeaux phantom vintage 1961. But this bottle (auction price usually approx. 30,000 million) with the characteristic glue residue under the label reused extensively: in Bern in July 2011, four months later in Hong Kong and in October 2012 in both Basel and since Johannesburg.

A small, dark mark months’ label indicates that this bottle drink both Sølyst in North Zealand in September 2009 and in Burgundy in December 2012. Had it been a real Château Margaux 1900, the price would be around £ 80,000, but in this case, bottle from a start was a Belgian forgery, the magazine gastros detective work.

Revealing stripes down the label indicates that this extremely rare Petrus 1945 (trade price up to 50,000) also is gone again when Rene Dehn and Malene Meisner have played their very own type of flaskeleg. Among other things, it has been drunk at a dinner in Basel in February 2013 although the year was shown in a photo empty.

Petrus was in Denmark known as Peter Brixtoftes favorite wine when there really should be a celebration.

Of all the over 40 great wines by the couple proved to have refilled and served several times, Petrus ’70 perhaps the most daring scam. Not because of the price but because the exact same bottle served throughout twice Neil Martin. The first time in September 2012 by The White Clubs events in Basel, and in February 2013 he gets it back at the launch of his Pomerol-book. Besides being refilled, there is now also scratched a slightly larger hole in the top of the label, but the many other stains and marks testify fraud. It does not prevent Meisner from tweeting that the bottle was “amazing”.

Top producers in the world of wine is to fraudsters despair beginning to feel the precious bottles. For example, this Romanée-Conti in 1997 at a cost of up to DKK 70,000 After being served in September 2012 in Basel is the label carefully disfigured, but the stain months’ on the label forget Meinser and Dehn to remove when the bottle is again tasted three months later in Burgundy. Also, the last digit of the bottle number is tried krasset away, but the bottle is the same: No. 02555th