PARIS (October 23, 2013)—Authorities in Europe are on the trail of counterfeiters who passed off hundreds of bottles of swill as Romanee-Conti, which is often considered the best and most expensive wine in the world.
The Burgundy vineyard sounded the alarm last year, and a French lab tested several seized bottles labeled as Romanee-Conti and discovered they contained a mediocre wine masquerading as one that can sell for as much as $12,000 a bottle.
Earlier this month, police in several European countries raided houses and offices, detaining several people for questioning.
France has asked for the extradition of two Italians who were arrested and authorities are seeking additional suspects.
The prosecutor's office in Dijon, in Burgundy, said this week that the network has sold at least 400 counterfeit bottles.
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