Christie’s have announced that a suspected fake magnum of 1962 La Tâche was removed from its fine and rare wines auction taking place in New York over 30 and 31 May. The respective wine had a top estimate of US$24,000 excluding buyer’s premium.
‘The lot in question has been withdrawn from sale to allow time for in-person inspection by additional third-party experts,’ said a Christie’s spokesperson.
Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, is said to have welcomed the decision, and after seeing a photo of the wine, he said there were ‘justified doubts’ over some aspects of the labelling and bottle cap.’It is therefore right that Christie’s has withdrawn [this wine] from sale pending a more complete expert opinion,’ he told Decanter.com.
Don Cornwell, lawyer and Burgundy collector was the first person to raise initial doubts regarding the authenticity, which he did via a forum post on the Wine Berserkers website.
He also speculated that the magnum may have originated from alleged wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan, due to the identical defects to several of the pre-1978 DRC bottles sourced by Kurniawan.