Sunday, October 31, 2021
DRC life's cycle... ...in the hands of LeDomduVin
As a wine professional, Certified Sommelier and wine buyer, market analyst, and also, and more importantly as a Wine Quality Control Director, I spent a good part of my career focusing on recognizing and fighting against fake wines and counterfeited wine bottles, with thorough inspections prior buying, awareness via some posts on my blog and even some videos on YouTube on the subject.
More especially, when it comes to some of the most sought-after wines in the world, like Domaine de la Romanée Conti (DRC), or the like of Henri Jayer, or more recently Rayas, and many others like Petrus, Lafite Rothschild, Cheval Blanc, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, even Le Pin, Lafleur (Pomerol), Jaboulet La Chapelle, and even Dujac, Chave, Roumier, etc, etc... as well as some Barolos and Super Tuscan too, which are probably some of the most counterfeited wines in the world.
To prevent expensive empty bottles to be found and sold in the grey market, I have adapted "a necessary routine" into my daily job, which consists to:
- Always deface or disfigure the label of all the expensive bottles (and others potentially interesting to counterfeiters) that I open, (with a pen or even a cutter).
- Break the corks
- Break and discard the bottles
DRC empty bottles can reach very expensive prices (refer to this screenshot from and courtesy of eBay, below, for example), more especially the old and rare ones, and I cannot and won't let that happen under my watch.
Provenance is the key, and I always check the provenance (usually directly from the producer, ex-Domaine, or ex-chateau, or from a reliable and honest Négociant or supplier with direct allocations) and inspect thoroughly the conditions and history of each bottle, prior to buying these old and rare ladies.
This bottle of DRC Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014 is pristine, coming directly from the estate, via OPTIM (a branch of FICOFI), an irreproachable provider when it comes to DRC and Petrus.
As you see from the pictures above, I had to apply "my routine" to this bottle too. This is the life cycle of a bottle of DRC in the hands of LeDomduVin. 😉😁👍🍷
LeDomduVin (aka Dominique Noel)
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