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article image'Mais non!' 6 bottles of very rare French wine stolen in Denver

By Anne Sewell     Dec 10, 2013 in Food
Denver - Six bottles of a very rare French wine have been stolen from the wine cellar at The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. It is unclear when the wine was stolen and it is not marked with any kind of identification.
According to sommeliers, each one of the six bottles of Château Petrus that were stolen are valued at thousands of dollars each. The wine is rated a perfect 100 by critic Robert Parker of the "The Wine Advocate", so this is not just some old wine.
Michael McMillan, maitre 'd at the hotel's Palace Arms restaurant, reported the theft of the extremely rare wine on December 2, but it is still unclear when the wine was stolen and there are no suspects as yet.
McMillan himself valued the six bottles of wine at $4,600 each in the police report, but apparently the Palace Arms' wine list has a different price tag of $6,000 per bottle of the 2000 Château Petrus.
Bobby Stuckey, master sommelier and the owner of Frasca in Boulder spoke to the Denver Post, explaining that based on the wine and the vintage, whoever the thief was, he or she knew exactly what they were doing.
"That is a phenomenal, phenomenal vintage, and very rare," Stuckey said.
Stuckey added that the worst part is that bottles of that vintage would have no special unique markings, so if the wine is placed on sale on an auction or in a retail setting, there is no way to know where it originated from.
Wine critic Parker describes the 2000 vintage as "a prodigious Petrus, this wine has that extra level of intensity and complexity that is monumental."
Château Petrus has been described as a "globally sought-after wine and a blue-chip collectable, by the Antique Wine Co., a London wine merchant.
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