French bust ‘vintage wine scam’

French bust ‘vintage wine scam’

[Ed. note: H/t reader Steven Ein]

French police say they have broken up a scam in which fake bottles of a top French wine were sold.

They say the fraudsters netted up to 2m euros ($2.75m; £1.7m) from the scheme.

Bottles of poor-quality wine were allegedly relabelled as Romanee-Conti, a Burgundy that is one of the world’s finest and most expensive wines.

Two Italian wine merchants have been arrested. They are suspected of selling 400 fake bottles – though it is feared many more may be on the market.

French prosecutors say counterfeit labels were treated with wax to make them look older, and the result was so good that the bottles were near-perfect copies of the real thing.

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