Two separate and unrelated wine heists on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have resulted in a combined $356,570-worth of stolen wine, reported only weeks apart.
The first robbery took place between 8pm on June 17 and 6.30am on June 18 in Curbridge, a village in Hampshire, England. Thieves looted several hundred cases of wine from a warehouse on Bury Farm Industrial Estate, which contained wines belonging to independent company Alexander Hadleigh.
In total, the value of the stolen wine amounted to about $156,850 (£100,000). Delwyn Taylor, owner of Alexander Hadleigh, told The Southern Daily Echo that the theft was a "devastating blow to the business."
Police have only recently released information about the incident. The Western Wards Gazette writes that investigator Jerry King said in a statement that “much of the stolen wine can be easily identified as the victims are the only company to import the wine into England.
Meanwhile, authorities in British Columbia are looking for information surrounding the theft of 5,200 bottles of wine from Blackwood Lane Vineyards and Winery in the city of Langley. The theft was reported July 19, and is thought to have occurred sometime after 6 p.m. the day before.
The Canadian heist amounted to $199,720 (CAD$200,000) in stolen wine, which includes three pallets of 2007 Alliance, one pallet each of Cabernet Sauvignon and rosé and one pallet and 16 cases of 2006 Alliance.
The loss was particularly traumatic because, as owner Carlos Lee told Langley Advance, the winery only makes 1,000 to 5,000 cases of wine a year. The vineyard, founded in 2005, has grown in popularity in recent years, serving its wine in five-star restaurants in Canada and abroad and some eateries in Asia. Bottles sell for up to $150 each.
1978 Montrachet: $24,000
A collection of seven bottles of white wine from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti sold for almost <a href="http://topten.whatitcosts.com/top-ten-wine-sales.htm" target="_hplink">$24,000 a bottle in 2001</a>. Quite a pretty penny for a bottle of wine -- good thing they were still drinkable.
1865 Chateau Lafite: $27,000
This 150-year-old double <a href="http://www.bornrich.com/entry/most-expensive-wines/" target="_hplink">magnum bottle sold for $111,625</a>. It belonged to a Florida-based business man and was purchased by a European private collector over the telephone. That makes it about $27,000 for a 750 ml bottle, and about $4650 a glass.
Royal DeMaria: $30,000
Ice wine, a dessert wine that is made from grapes frozen on the vine before the fermentation process begins, is more expensive than other kinds of wine. This one bottle in particular sold for <a href="http://topten.whatitcosts.com/top-ten-wine-sales-pg2.htm" target="_hplink">$30,000 in 2006</a>. You could buy a Mini Cooper for that price.
1775 Massandra: $43,500
A Sherry from this Russian vineyard sold at <a href="http://topten.whatitcosts.com/top-ten-wine-sales.htm" target="_hplink">Sotheby's for $43,500</a> in 2001 (about $52,000 today). It is the oldest known bottle from Massandra to date.
1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild: $47,000
Belonging to the owner of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild's personal cellar, this 6-liter bottle was sold by Sotheby's New York for $310,700. That equals <a href="http://topten.whatitcosts.com/top-ten-wine-sales-pg2.htm" target="_hplink">about $47,000 for each 750 ml</a>.
1787 Chateau Yquem: $100,000
A vintage Sauternes, this bottle was snatched up by U.S. wine collector<a href="http://topten.whatitcosts.com/top-ten-wine-sales.htm" target="_hplink"> for just $100,000</a>.
1811 Chateau d'Yquem: $117,000
This bottle of Sauterne became the most expensive bottle of white wine to date when Christian Vanneque purchased it this year for $117,000. It is claimed to be one of the greatest wines in the history of Bordeaux and one of the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018895/Worlds-expensive-white-wine-sold-75-000-1811-Ch-teau-dYquem.html" target="_hplink">most supreme vintages</a> ever produced. Mr. Vanneque was a sommelier at the Paris restaurant La Tour d'Argent and plans to open the bottle in <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2011/07/26/bottle-of-white-sells-for-117000-breaking-record/" target="_hplink">2017 to celebrate</a> his 50-year-long career.
Romanée Conti 1945: $123,900
This wine was produced during WWII -- before the outbreak of phylloxera -- and only 600 bottles were created. Quite a rare wine, a U.S. collector paid<a href="http://www.bornrich.com/entry/most-expensive-wines/" target="_hplink"> $123,900 for this bottle</a>. It was sold in record breaking time at Christie's fine-wine auction.
1787 Chateau Lafite: $160,000
Sold in 1985 to Malcolm Forbes, this bottle was said to be a part of Thomas Jefferson's collection and features his initials on the bottle. Forbes paid $160,000 for it, which today equates to about $315,000. This wine is no longer drinkable, and was <a href="http://topten.whatitcosts.com/top-ten-wine-sales.htm" target="_hplink">purchased solely as a collectors item</a>.
1869 Château Lafite: $233,972
Estimated to reach $8,000 in value, this bottle ended up selling for $233,972 in 2010 to an anonymous Asian bidder. The auction house was absolutely stunned. Prices for <a href="http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/44102" target="_hplink">Lafite are stratospheric</a> in Asia; it is considered a luxury purchase and a much sought-after gift item.
1947 Château Cheval Blanc: $304,375
This bottle sold for $304,375. Known to be one of the <a href="http://www.bornrich.com/entry/most-expensive-wines/" target="_hplink">greatest Bordeaux of all time</a>, it was previously owned by an anonymous Swiss collector and was sold at an auction at Christie's in Geneva. It can still be enjoyed today and can even be kept for another 50 years without any problems.
1907 Heidsieck: $275,000
Lost in a shipwreck, this bottle was part of a shipment to the Russian Imperial family in 1916 and was discovered by a ship driver in 1997. Each bottle sold of Heidsieck <a href="http://www.bornrich.com/entry/most-expensive-wines/" target="_hplink">sold for $275,000</a>.