This isn’t the first time that scammers have tried to pull a fast-one with the highly esteemed Château Pétrus. A couple of years ago the wine world came to a grinding halt when it was discovered that one of the prominent auction houses had allegedly sold bogus Pétrus. Billionaire wine collector Bill Koch (who has a 40,000 bottle collection of the world’s top wines), has filed a law suit over counterfeit wines he was sold that supposedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson.
Several years ago my husband and I were gifted with a bottle of Château Pétrus from one of our clients who lives in Russia. He's a man with a great sense of humor---and he roared with laughter when he told us that he had printed the Pétrus label from the internet and placed it on a $20 bottle of California cab. It looked very real. We still have the bottle and often show it to oenophiles as a buyer beware story.
Fake Louis Vuitton, fake Chanel, fake Gucci…now fake vino. What's next?