A wine auction in Geneva hosted by Baghera Wines on Sunday, May 22nd was poised to bring in between $6 and $9 million. Master Cellar, as the auction was titled, featured many of the world’s most famous wines, including an impressive 1,407 bottles from Burgundy legend Domaine de la Romanée Conti (“DRC” for short). It was the company’s second only live auction after its inaugural Burgundies, Whiskies sale on December 6, 2015.
Friday, in a lengthy post on Wineberserkers.com, L.A.-based lawyer and Burgundy wine expert Don Cornwell, challenged the authenticity of the wines in the sale’s catalogue. He wrote:
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“As many of you know, for the last several years I have worked with various independent ‘experts’ in wine authentication to monitor offerings in the wine auction and wine brokerage markets in an attempt to lessen the incidence of counterfeit wines ultimately sold to the public and to prevent wine fraud. Most of the work that we do is done quietly and below the surface. On very rare occasions, we run into problems so overwhelming, or the conduct is so obviously fraudulent, that I’m forced to warn the public about a problem involving counterfeit wines or wine fraud. Sadly, this is one of those occasions.”