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Wine Spectator: Bordeaux Crime Ring Found Guilty

June 26, 2015

“Get me a unit of Cheval, a good chunk of Cheval,” said the voice on the recording, a taped telephone conversation between the accused mastermind of an eight-month crime spree that stole more than $1.1 million of Bordeaux’s best wines and one of his partners, who allegedly fenced the wines for him. Both men, along with 13 accomplices, stood trial in Bordeaux’s criminal court this week, accused of robbing 18 wineries and négociants, including Châteaus d’Yquem, Haut-Bailly and Palmer, and selling the wine through a diverse network. The court found all 15 men guilty, handing down sentences ranging from $67,000 fines to four years in prison. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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