Fancy wine news: Auctions, fraud, and 1892 d’Yquem

A castle manager takes a bottle of 19th-century wine out of the shelf in a cellar of Becov castle in Becov nad Teplou, Czech Republic, May 22 2016. // Photo via REUTERS by David W Cerny

A castle manager takes a bottle of 19th-century wine out of the shelf in a cellar of Becov castle in Becov nad Teplou, Czech Republic, May 22 2016. // Photo via REUTERS by David W Cerny

Here’s your international fancy wine news of note for late May:

Wine experts took a taste of some 19th century wines (above) found in Becov Castle in the Czech Republic. The 133 bottle stash was hidden along with the Shrine of St. Maurus (said to hold the bones of John the Baptist) under the floorboards of the castle to hide them from plundering soldiers during WWII. Among the wines tasted, an 1892 bottle of Chateau d’Yquem, the gold standard among Bordeaux dessert wine, which was said to be still in top condition. [H/t Reuters]

20,000 bottles from billionaire William Koch’s cellar were auctioned over 27 hours at Christie’s in New York. The auction brought in $21.9 million, with the centerpiece lot, ten bottles of 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, one of the five top-rated chateaux in Bordeaux, going for $343,000. [H/t Bloomberg]

An expert has called shenanigans on a recent auction of bottles from Domaine de la Romanee Conti, the famed Burgundy maison. Several bottles due to be sold at Beghera Wines in Geneva were removed from the auction, after LA-based lawyer (and prominent wine counterfeit crusader) Don Cornwell noted several inconsistencies in their glass and labeling. [H/t VICE Munchies]


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