Counterfeiters fake Burgundy worth $12,000 a bottle

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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.

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