Sale of six liters of DRC wine “canceled” due to counterfeiting concerns
Acker announced in September that it had sold a six-liter bottle of 2002 “RomanÃ©e-Conti” from Domaine de la RomanÃ©e-Conti (DRC) at an auction in Hong Kong for nearly HK $ 3.1 million ( US $ 398,400).
However, it is understood that the sale of the bottle was subsequently canceled.
Doubts about the authenticity of the wine have been raised by lawyer and wine fraud expert Don Cornwell on the Wine Beserkers website.
He also expressed concerns about another wine, a six-liter bottle of DRC RomanÃ©e-Conti 2000, which was originally due to be included in an Acker auction earlier this month.
When approached for comment, Acker said he removed RomanÃ©e-Conti 2000 wine from his pre-auction sale list.
In a statement sent by email to Carafe, Acker said: âThe six-liter [bottle] of 2000 DRC RomanÃ©e-Conti was printed in the auction catalog, but after our final inspection was completed, we removed the lot before the auction.
On the doubts raised by RomanÃ©e-Conti 2002, Acker adds: âRegarding the six-liter [bottle] of 2002 DRC RomanÃ©e-Conti recently sold at an earlier auction, the sale had already been canceled. ‘
Acker also said, âWe have a long-standing practice that if we find a bottle is not genuine, we will refund the buyer. Acker places great trust in our authentication service and works with some of the best internal and external authenticators in the world.
âObviously our customers are confident in our processes as we will have a record $ 170 million in auctions this year, which represents 40% of the global auction market. We will continue to do our best to detect and prevent bad players in the fine and rare wine market. ‘
The famous RDC of Burgundy produces some of the most exclusive and sought-after fine wines in the world, and the estate’s labels have been the target of counterfeiters, as well as thieves.