Nobody knows their shit more than a wine snob.
As wine collector Rudy Kurniawan, 35, recently discovered.
In 2008, Kurniawan consigned at auction about $600K worth of wine fom Domaine Ponsot winery in France, saying that one of the bottles was a 1929. Only one problem with that.
They didn't start making it until 1934.
Then he said that some of the bottles were made between 1945 and 1971 from the Clos St. Denis vineyard of Domaine Ponsot. Only that vineyard didn't start producing until 1982.
Then he allegedly tried to move 78 bottles of Burgundy supposedly from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti through a straw seller at a London auction.
One person noted on a well-known wine appreciation bulletin board that the four-digit serial numbers on some bottles should have been five or six digits. The foil around the corks was also alleged not to be genuine, and labels that were supposed to be from 1959 to 1971 included an accent mark that did not appear on the bottles until 1976.Yes, that's right. He was brought down by a fucking diacritical mark on the wine equivalent of 4Chan.
Which goes to show that pedants actually have a place in this world. Who'da thunk?
Kurniawan is in jail now, after being arrested at his Arcadia home on Thursday. He's facing 20 years for fraud in Federal prison.
The real tragedy? All they have in there is Pruno.