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by Don Cornwell
November 23rd, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
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Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

As disheartening as it is to see this still going on, it is a joy to watch Don at work. The pictures and then the descriptions remind me of the "Can you find the differences?" puzzles in Highlights for Children. This is Highlights for Wine Berserkers. Thank you Don for all the effort you put in to ...
by Don Cornwell
November 23rd, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
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Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Has anyone heard what Rudy's status is, seems very vague on the information the USG provides and why we would let him stay here instead of deportation. I haven't seen any updates in the news in a while but just been curious. Jidhin I am told that as of Friday evening Rudy was still in the ICE El Pa...
by Don Cornwell
November 23rd, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
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Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

...TODAY's ACKER HONG KONG "HOLY GRAIL" SALE... Don, You should correct this. As I understood looking at the catalogue, this sale took place in NY, not HK--with the caveat of allowances for how sales tend to be "virtual" these days, so I don't think it was in a central venue like a restaurant, as s...
by Don Cornwell
November 22nd, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
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Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I'd also imagine that once someone was able to float counterfeits past him once they wagered they could do it again and he became a target. Edit: And, its maybe easy to just dismiss it as just a guy with money getting taken and he'll live, yet its still sad. Sad for him I'm sure in hindsight as its...
by Don Cornwell
November 22nd, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
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Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

How do so many forgeries end up in one collection? Is the owner complicit, or did some forgers find a sugar daddy? That's a good question. As far as we know, no, the owner wasn't complicit. I don't know William Giauw personally, but one of the team members has met him and asked questions about the ...
by Don Cornwell
November 22nd, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

A NEAR MISS … 607 LOTS REMOVED FROM BONHAMS HONG KONG AUCTION ... We flagged approximately one hundred lots of the 607 contained in the consignment. Given the width and breadth of the counterfeits that we found, we were also concerned because there were many lots in the catalog for which there were...
by Don Cornwell
November 22nd, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
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Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Not questioning Don's great work on this at all, but is it always the case that mismatched bottles from the same producer/vintage of older wines always indicate counterfeits? I thought that before say the 1960s or 1970s (not sure when), it was sometimes the case that merchants bottled the wine from...
by Don Cornwell
November 22nd, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Great work, Don! Is that Rudy's fingerprint on the fake L'Eglise Clinet? I assume that somewhere in Washington, enshrined in some little folder, is a study in black and white of his fingerprints for comparison... Whatever happened to the lots discussed above in post 8909 from the Acker "Holy Grail"...
by Don Cornwell
November 22nd, 2020, 2:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

A NEAR MISS … 607 LOTS REMOVED FROM BONHAMS HONG KONG AUCTION Bonhams Auction in Hong Kong conducted a two-day spirits and wine auction in Hong Kong on November 20-21. The first part of the auction (lots 1-474) consisting of whisky and spirits, was held on Friday November 20. The wine portion of th...
by Don Cornwell
November 19th, 2020, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

COUNTERFEIT 1959 LA TÂCHE IN TODAY's ACKER NEW YORK [corrected] "HOLY GRAIL" SALE I received a request from a colleague to review the first 288 lots of the Acker Hong Kong "Holy Grail" sale which began in New York at 8 pm local time on November 19. When I did that I found one outrageous counterfeit...
by Don Cornwell
November 7th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Rudy Kurniawan was released from prison into ICE custody yesterday (November 6). He was taken to the ICE El Paso detention center. A screen shot from the ICE website is below. The ICE website lists Rudy's country of birth as Indonesia. It is my understanding that Rudy will be deported to Indonesia. ...
by Don Cornwell
October 29th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I have a question. It is obvious that some companies deal with faked wines that cost tons of money. Why can these people operate without getting any trouble? The internet is open for anybody. The fraud is public and can be easily seen. Is there no interest from the police? Lets say from a team spec...
by Don Cornwell
October 28th, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

A German website is offering a Magnum of 1947 Lafleur with a certificate that supposedly does proof its authenticity. What do you think? We all know, that Madame Robin, producer of that era, said only 5 Magnums were made. https://www.jahrhundertweine.de/shpSR.php?A=19813&p1=255&p2=682 While I haven...
by Don Cornwell
October 17th, 2020, 3:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Wine Spectator published its own article on Friday, October 16. https://www.winespectator.com/articles/italian-police-uncover-counterfeit-sassicaia-ring The Wine Spectator mostly repeats the details summarized above, but it contains one significant new fact. Wine Spectator interviewed Priscilla Inci...
by Don Cornwell
October 16th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

DavidChang wrote:
October 16th, 2020, 6:40 am
are vintages always printed on the cork?
Yes for Sassicaia. So if you see a Sassicaia cork without one, you're looking at a fake.
by Don Cornwell
October 16th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Is it possible the counterfeiters were provided their packaging materials from the same places that supply it directly to Sassicaia? In other words, the packaging was actually "original" and the only thing counterfeit is what was in the bottles? I'm sure the Italian authorities will investigate thi...
by Don Cornwell
October 16th, 2020, 2:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

MORE ON THE SEIZURE OF THE COUNTERFEIT SASSICAIA IN MILAN This is not the first time that the Italian government has seized a substantial quantity of counterfeit Sassicaia, but it appears to be the most sophisticated such counterfeiting effort found to date. In 2000, the Italian government seized a...
by Don Cornwell
October 15th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

A video was posted on youtube showing what the Italian Financial Police found in the raid on the counterfeit Sassicaia warehouse:

by Don Cornwell
October 15th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I just saw this and was going to post it on a separate thread. A friend o mine opened a bottle of 2013 Sassicaia last month and discarded it; he said it tasted as bad wine... he purchased it in Italy. There are some additional details in other publications, including an article in Decanter https://...
by Don Cornwell
October 15th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

4200 BOTTLES OF HIGHLY-SOPHISTICATED COUNTERFEIT SASSICAIA SEIZED NEAR MILAN ITALY Cheap Sassicaia !!! https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/15/europe/italy-wine-fakes-intl-scli/index.html Thanks for posting this. I was unaware of this. But the situation with the fake Sassacaia has very eerie similarity to t...
by Don Cornwell
September 19th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: $2.1 MILLION IN WINE OWNED BY RUDY SEIZED BY DOJ: CHRISTIE'S HOLDING MORE IN EUROPE

What would be the possible disposition of these wines? I suspect that the Marshal's Service will attempt to determine if the bottles seized from Wine Cellarage are authentic and, if they are, sell them. The money from the sale of those wines would then be used as restitution recovery funds to the v...
by Don Cornwell
September 18th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: $2.1 MILLION IN WINE OWNED BY RUDY SEIZED BY DOJ: CHRISTIE'S HOLDING MORE IN EUROPE

What would be the possible disposition of these wines? I suspect that the Marshal's Service will attempt to determine if the bottles seized from Wine Cellarage are authentic and, if they are, sell them. The money from the sale of those wines would then be used as restitution recovery funds to the v...
by Don Cornwell
September 18th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: $2.1 MILLION IN WINE OWNED BY RUDY SEIZED BY DOJ: CHRISTIE'S HOLDING MORE IN EUROPE

Here is some belated news about seizure of wine which formerly belonged to Rudy Kurniawan. According to the Declaration of Deputy US Marshall Crystal Vasquez which was filed in the Kurniawan criminal case on May 22, 2020, one year ago, on September 11, 2019, the United States Marshal's Service seize...
by Don Cornwell
August 28th, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

There is a major wine fraud case in the UK known as SMPI Bordeaux SPV3 LLC and others v. Burton and others , which is case number CL-2019-000172 in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, about which I know very little. The lawsuit was brought against Stephen Burton and James Wellesley arisi...
by Don Cornwell
August 26th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG
Replies: 99
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Re: WARNING – ZACHY’S WINE AUCTIONS IS NOW OFFERING WINES FROM FRAUDSTER ERIC GREENBERG

I guess I must be missing something. You didn't have any ethical issue about purchasing from Zachy's in the first place. You went ahead and bought a bunch of wine from them at auction, and asked to have it shipped via a consolidated shipment. Zachy's went ahead and shipped the wine to you as request...
by Don Cornwell
August 25th, 2020, 2:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Update on the 1957 Romanee Conti offered by Blomqvist and Vinmonopolet in Norway : The auction director of Vinmonopolet in Norway provided me with additional photos of the top of the wax capsule and the portion of the text on the cork that is visible where the wax is chipped off. The embossing on t...
by Don Cornwell
August 22nd, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
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Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

newhere At least one of those Romanée-Contis looks quite suspicious in that the accent aigu on the first e in Romanée on the "appellation Romanée-Conti controlée" line is different on both and a hallmark of Rudy fakes. I'm no expert, but a cursory look. Fonts for the vintage under MONOPOLE are comp...
by Don Cornwell
August 20th, 2020, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

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Rudy is due to get out of prison soon this year. It will be interesting to see if he cashes in on his infamy. I could see him giving Dave Phinney a run for his money on selling blended wines. Name the company Infamy or "Dr. Conti". It would be some marketing to say this wine sold at auction as a......
by Don Cornwell
July 21st, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
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Can anyone shed some light on the 1976 Domaine Grivelet cuvée princess noura large formats in the Christie’s E Auction. Were they manipulated or counter fitted, and if so how can they sell them? Lot 309 - 1976 Chambertin “cuvée noura” methuselah (think they should have labeled it “Longe Prospicio” ...
by Don Cornwell
July 4th, 2020, 2:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
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Colour me naive, but wouldn’t you think that these days Sotheby’s would be extra careful? You can just imagine the cross examination... “Did you get documentation on the provenance?” “Why not?” / “where is it and why wasn’t it published”? REVISED/UPDATED: The biggest problems with the items in the ...
by Don Cornwell
July 1st, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

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Colour me naive, but wouldn’t you think that these days Sotheby’s would be extra careful? You can just imagine the cross examination... “Did you get documentation on the provenance?” “Why not?” / “where is it and why want it published”? I will take a look, but Jamie Ritchie at Sotheby's is normally...
by Don Cornwell
June 24th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
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Calling all civ pro experts! Although it’s a court order, I’d guess that only Koch has standing to enforce it. The alternative would lead to a crazy state of affairs where anyone could claim a settlement agreement had been violated by the breach of a stipulated injunction, even if the original plai...
by Don Cornwell
June 24th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Glenn Gallup wrote:
June 24th, 2020, 5:44 pm
One more time after a long time.
“First you need honest people”
Dad was wrong once in a great while but he hit the nail on the head with that one.
Hi Glenn! Good to hear from you again. Your sage wisdom is always welcome.
by Don Cornwell
June 23rd, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Calling all civ pro experts! Although it’s a court order, I’d guess that only Koch has standing to enforce it. The alternative would lead to a crazy state of affairs where anyone could claim a settlement agreement had been violated by the breach of a stipulated injunction, even if the original plai...
by Don Cornwell
June 22nd, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

SDNY, which is just a short car ride downtown, seems ideal. Oh, wait,..... I think it might be hard to get their attention this week. This was a civil action. I have absolutely no doubt Koch will go after them irrespective of what week it is. Not sure what he can do about it though; it obviously de...
by Don Cornwell
June 22nd, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Larry Stein wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 8:29 am
I assume since there's a federal injunction against Royal, this has been reported to the appropriate authorities?
Larry:

I reported everything I know to Bill Koch's former counsel in the litigation. I do not know what, if anything, Mr. Koch is doing in response.
by Don Cornwell
June 22nd, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

One of the two most expensive bottles offered by Royal Wine Merchants is an alleged 6-liter (or Imperial) of 1900 Léoville Poyferré, which was listed for sale by Royal for $35,000. The immediately obvious problem here is that Léoville Poyferré likely never produced six liter bottles in 1900. But in ...
by Don Cornwell
June 22nd, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

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How about a grossly counterfeit 1985 Roumier Musigny from Royal Wine Merchants for $9,500? This is also currently on the Royal Wine Merchants website. But this one is really comical. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50033225091_493eff80ee_b.jpg Enlarged label of the 1985 Roumier Musigny on Royal ...
by Don Cornwell
June 22nd, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I thought the labels were typically color copied; how do those font discrepancies come up? The counterfeiters usually use a combination of both techniques. They photocopy and scan to create templates and print other parts. Both Rudy Kurniawan and Hardy Rodenstock had their labels printed. Most coun...
by Don Cornwell
June 22nd, 2020, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I thought the labels were typically color copied; how do those font discrepancies come up? The counterfeiters usually use a combination of both techniques. They photocopy and scan to create templates and print other parts. Both Rudy Kurniawan and Hardy Rodenstock had their labels printed. Most coun...
by Don Cornwell
June 22nd, 2020, 1:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Just in case you might have thought that the counterfeit wines being offered by Royal Wine Merchants might be limited to the mid to late 19th century and early 20th century wines for which Hardy Rodenstock became famous, that’s clearly not true here. Here is a blatantly counterfeit 1982 Chateau Lafl...
by Don Cornwell
June 21st, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

WARNING – ROYAL WINE MERCHANTS HAS RESUMED SELLING OLD AND RARE WINES, INCLUDING SOME APPARENTLY FROM HARDY RODENSTOCK, IN VIOLATION OF A FEDERAL INJUNCTION Royal Wine Merchants, a New York City wine merchant, and its owner Jeffrey Sokolin, were sued in October of 2011 by Bill Koch for conspiring w...
by Don Cornwell
June 19th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Hey Don, Check out this guy's cellar. https://www.cellartracker.com/user.asp?iUserOverride=486936 The person is active, they were just in CT two days ago. here's a list of wines they have purchased from the store "Rudy Kurniawan" https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?iUserOverride=486936&Table=Pur...
by Don Cornwell
June 15th, 2020, 3:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive
Replies: 28
Views: 3034

Re: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive

Excellent summation. These bottles scream 'fake' - wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. Even more astonishing is the fact that this chancer seems to think that anybody with half a brain would fall for it. Incredible but unsurprising today. I sent a link to this thread to a friend in Holland who i...
by Don Cornwell
June 12th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive
Replies: 28
Views: 3034

Re: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive

Hi Don, thank you for your thorough response, very much appreciated! Patrick is right! When you zoom in it's seems Pugelles i.s.o. Pucelles. Today I shared a post on Instagram / Facebook and it seems that this particular person has offered the bottles to almost every serious wineshop / auction hous...
by Don Cornwell
June 11th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive
Replies: 28
Views: 3034

Re: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive

patrick c albright wrote:
June 11th, 2020, 7:29 pm
There have been some bottles going around with the vineyards misspelled on the back label, i.e. Pugelles instead of Pucelles.
Including these.
Great eyes Patrick! The text on the Leflaive back labels does say "Pucelles," but the map on the back of these bottles does does "Les Pugelles."
by Don Cornwell
June 11th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive
Replies: 28
Views: 3034

Re: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive

B. Buzzini wrote:
June 11th, 2020, 10:33 am
The back labels of the Leflaives on the bottles I have, 93,00,04,06,07 show the vineyards in a gold metallic color. The pic might not have translated the true color?
That seems quite plausible Brian. It's the back story which seems the most implausible.
by Don Cornwell
June 11th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive
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Re: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive

My first post on this forum and I'm looking for some advice. I'm importer/distributor and last week I've received an request from a person who offered some (I feel) dodgy/fraudulent bottles of Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive. (see attachments). He claims that he inherited these bottles from his family a...
by Don Cornwell
June 10th, 2020, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Wine Searcher's W Blake Gray posted an article about Lot 710 today with quotes from Acker about the withdrawal of the 1924 Romanee Conti. https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2020/06/drc-withdrawn-from-auction-after-protest Mr. Gray asks very thought provoking questions about anonymous lots like this one.
by Don Cornwell
June 8th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8969
Views: 1356543

Re: Update on Acker Hong Kong Auction

I think you should know by now that Kapon is not going to communicate with you. You didn’t really expect a response from him did you? The outcome is exactly what I expected when you brought this up ... Ignore you, but pull the lot. Perhaps you're right Mark. I am least glad that that lot was pulled...

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