Chinese wine dealer smashes fake Lafite

A wine merchant in the Chinese city of Shenzen has held a public destruction of several bottles of fake Lafite he bought at auction.

fake lafite shenzen chinaAt a highly publicised media event, staff smashed a large number of bottles of Lafite and second wine Carruades de Lafite that had been identified as fake.

The dealer had apparently bought 13,069 bottles of the Bordeaux first growth for more than seven million yuan (US$1.4m) at an auction but later found that around 200 bottles were not the real thing.

Xinhua News Agency reported that the bottles were bought at an auction of confiscated goods in May 2012. Bottles sent to Lafite for verification proved that some were fake and the merchant, Shenzhen Tang Bang Jiu Ye, is currently filing a complaint with the Shenzen copyright bureau to try and track down the source of the fake wines.

Fake Lafite is a real problem in mainland China with a report this May claiming that half the Lafite sold in China is fake.

The estate spends a lot of time and money to bring counterfeiters to court and Chinese police occasionally busting huge “factories” producing fake wines.

 

*this post has been updated

2 Responses to “Chinese wine dealer smashes fake Lafite”

  1. John Skupny says:

    “There’s a sucker born every minute’

  2. Silven Wong says:

    As reported by Xinhua News, the merchant, Shenzhen Tang Bang Jiu Ye (with its logo squarely displayed on the background of this photo), has bought over RMB7m worth of wines in an auction held by the Zhuhai Electromechanical Material Auction Co. Ltd. in May 2012. Before the sale, the auction house has made it clear that the lot in question are confisicated goods consigned by the Zhuhai city authority.

    It was found out in Oct 2012 by staffs of Tang Bang that there are over 200 bottles within the lot are fake (a sample of two bottles was drawn of the lot and sent to the Chateau which confirmed the bottles to be indeed counterfeit), which valued over RMB1m at auction price. The case was then brought to the court however it did not turned out in favor to the merchant. A repeal is currently underway.

    Aside from the couple of bottles smashed at the merchant’s Shenzhen office, the rest of the lot was sent to the local authority as the merchant is filing a complaint to the Shenzhen copyright bureau wishing to trace the source of the fake bottles.

    Yet another case of caveat emptor.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Regional Sales Manager (London)

Ian Macleod Distillers
London, UK

Wine Trader

Vintage Capital II PLC
London, UK

International Marketing Assistant

iDealwine
Paris, France

Business Development Manager

Matthew Clark
Brighton, UK

Brand Activation Manager UK & Europe

Australian Vintage
London, UK

Sales Account Manager

Matthew Clark
Reading, UK

Brand Activation Executive

Pernod Ricard UK
London, UK

Logistics Administrator

Swig Wines Ltd
London

Customer Service Manager

Jascots Wine Merchants
London, UK

International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS)

California,USA
25th Jul 2018

Cape Wine 2018

Cape Town,South Africa
12th Sep 2018

The Wine & Spirits Show

London,United Kingdom
12th Oct 2018
Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2018

Deadline : 1st August 2018

Champagne Masters 2018

Deadline : 1st August 2018

Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more