April 22, 2024

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The best wines dating back 200 years, including a bottle of 350 thousand euros, ...

The best wines dating back 200 years, including a bottle of 350 thousand euros, …

The wine cellar of the two-star Spanish restaurant Atrio holds 40,000 bottles: “The thieves knew very well which bottle they were going to get.” © Atrium

Two guests staying at the Hotel Atrio in Cáceres (Extremadura), Spain, have managed to steal 45 expensive Bordeaux wines from the cellar of the two-star restaurant. In addition, the Château d’Yquem from 1806, which alone will be worth about 350,000 euros.

“They were professionals. They knew exactly what they were doing,” explains owner Jose Polo Watchman. “The couple, a man and a woman, spoke English and seemed very gracious. They slept in the hotel and ate dinner in our restaurant.”

It is said that the woman removed a hotel receptionist from the security camera with an excuse, after which the man crept into the basement with 40,000 bottles. No one even noticed when the husband came out the next morning. According to the owner, thieves took the Château d’Yquem from 1806 and at least six other bottles nearly 200 years old from exclusive winemaker Romanée-Conti. According to Yquem alone Watchman It is worth about 350,000 euros.

According to the hotel manager, the thieves worked for a private wine collector: “They knew very well the bottles they needed. But selling them is almost impossible: the bottles are numbered and checked. That Yquem from 1806 is unique; everyone knows that the bottle is ours.” The police launched a major investigation. The total value of the 45 bottles is unknown; Luckily for the hotel owner, all the bottles were locked. (floor)

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