The Tale of the Criminal Connoisseur

If you’re looking to take your mind off of the most depressing month of the year, why don’t you sit back and relax. Let the Ideal Wine Company tell you the tale of the criminal connoisseur.

We Wouldn’t Actually Do It

As a provider of fine wines at reasonable prices, there isn’t a luxury vintage on the planet that the Ideal Wine Company appreciates as much as the world famous Romanée-Conti.

A glorious Burgundy red, Romanée-Conti is one of the most decadent wines in the world. We’ve actually had daydreams where we’ve thrown caution to the wind, snuck into Harrods and snatched the £20,000 vintage for ourselves. But we’d never actually do it.

“More of a Connoisseur than a Criminal Mastermind”

Yet according to the London Evening Standard, one person would. This week the online publication reported that a thief described as “more of a connoisseur than a criminal mastermind” strolled into Harrods and stole a bottle of Romanée-Conti worth £19,995.

34 year old Boris Chaudemanche just walked into Knightsbridge’s Harrods store on the 6th December and grabbed the bottle. He rolled it up in tin foil. Then he tried to leave the store, only to find himself halted by security at the last minute.

“You Were Going to Drink It… Yes.”

Arguing his case against Chaudemanche at Hammersmith Magistrates Court, prosecutor Stuart Stevens said: “It appears that he is more of a connoisseur than a criminal mastermind. He could not believe it was worth that much. He thought it was (worth) about £45 to £70. When officers told him how much it was worth, he just said ‘What?’”

The Frenchman backed up the prosecutor’s claim. When asked “you were going to drink it?” by district judge Tan Ikram, Chaudemanche simply nodded and said “yes.” As such, Chaudemanche pleaded guilty and was remanded on bail before sentencing on the 26th January.

Find Your Dream Vintage for a Bank Balance Friendly Price

Thrilling though this tale may be, there is a moral to the story. If you want a bottle of fine wine don’t live beyond your means. Instead, why don’t you browse the selection here at the Ideal Wine Company and find your dream vintage for a bank balance friendly price.


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