PARIS (AP) — European authorities are pursuing a network of counterfeiters who passed off hundreds of bottles of lesser wine as Romanee-Conti, often considered the best and most expensive wine in the world.
The Burgundy vineyard sounded the alarm last year, suspecting that bottles with Romanee-Conti labels were fake, the Dijon prosecutor’s office said in a statement this week.
A few dozen of the suspect bottles were seized and tested by a French government lab. The analysis found a mediocre wine inside, masquerading as one that can sell for up to $12,000 a bottle.
Vintners from Burgundy said Wednesday that counterfeit wines often end up in China, where consumption of fine wine, especially French wine, is exploding and driving astronomical prices. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.