White Club was an exclusive wine club in Switzerland. To cut the story short they organized prestigious diners with fake bottles. They were used to refilling bottles but some guests eventually realized it ...
Just for your pleasure, a couple of snapshots of bottles which were used a couple of times... (from
the Wine Spectator paper cited above)
|Basel - September 12 - 2555-97|
|2555-97 three months later|
|Served in 2012...|
|...also served two months earlier|
|... then Johanesburg!|
Find the full story, for instance in Wine Spectator's paper (May 13, 2014)"That bottle of Romanée Conti 1923 looks familiar"
or in Jancis Robinson
's paper (May 12, 2014) "How to be a wine faker."
's paper is quite interesting since she explains how the fraudsters used to sell real bottles and got friends with wine celebrities to gain credit and then sell fakes. JS was invited a couple of times by White Club, so she was somehow involved... Also note that critics Neil Martin
claimed that he drunk the best Petrus ever at White Club
though the Petrus 70 bottle he had was a fake!!!!!