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Thief Turns French Laundry into a Wine Takeaway | Wine News & Features -
2015-01-09 17:50:42 GMT
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"On Christmas night, some secret reverse-Santa busted into The French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley and left with a sackful of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Screaming Eagle. The Los Angeles Times cited the value of more than 50 stolen wines at more than $300,000, far more than the Napa County Sheriff's Office's original $50,000 estimate."
"When it came to picking bottles, the thief didn't mess around. At least 36 bottles of DRC were taken, the oldest a 1988 Richebourg. Included was a vertical from the Romanée-Conti vineyard from 2004-2010. Most of those sell for more than $10,000 per bottle. Also stolen were at least five bottles of Screaming Eagle, including a rare bottle from the first vintage, 1992. That bottle sells for more than $6000. Perhaps to celebrate, the thief grabbed a magnum of 2004 Dom Pérignon."
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