Some owners of a nice wine cellar in California came home from
vacation to find that someone took about US$ 100000 of wine from them.
The crooks only took the better wines, including a magnum of Ch.
Petrus 1959 estimated at $11000. The story is in the NY Times at
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On 1 Feb 2007 01:42:44 -0800
Wine theft is very common in France, especially in the major cities, where
people talk about having their cellars "visited." It's a conundrum because
the better the door you put on your cellar -- most buildings of a certain
age have a basement where each apartment has good cellar space --
the more attention it draws.
Our cellar in Paris was visited, but luckily they only took what was nearest
the door. This included some great 89 Loire and some good Cornas, but
it could have been much worse. Because we didn't have the appropriate
receipts we weren't reimbursed, but in SF we were sure to declare the wine
ahead of time to Allstate, who assured us it would be reimbursed at
replacement value in case of theft or fire (but not earthquake). Fortunately
that cellar was only visited by us and our friends!
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When this was first reported I posted this on another forum:
"I'm cynical enough that almost every time I read of a big theft the
question of insurance fraud pops into my head. But in a super-wealthy
community, it wouldn't be shocking that cherry picking thieves could
get a very high average value from the stars of a big collection. As
noted, at least one was a magnum (and I'd call $6000 low for value of
'59 Petrus 1.5L). Throw in things like good vintages of La Tache/
Romanee Conti or Jayer's Cros Parantoux, '59 TBAs, etc, and it
wouldn't be hard to average $3000 (even if some of the bottles were
only worth $1500). "
It seems now they agree with me and have upped the value of the '59
Still, it's funny that the other examples they use (mags of '59
Beychevelle and '02 Jones Family) are well under $1000 in value, so
they need a few more really expensive bottles to reach a $3K average.
I think I reported here a few years ago as I was moving my cellar
that I discovered some missing wine. Workmen who had been in basement
were prime suspects. Apparently a fondness for Tuscan wine, as some
Brunellos, a '95 Rancia CCR, and a Montiano were the missing. Glad
they didn't like Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Piedmont, potential losses
would have been higher. :)
Can't blame that one on the English language, entirely the fault of
the careless user- sorry. That should read:
I think I reported here that as I was moving my cellar
I discovered that I was missing some wine.