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.

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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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