6/14/2013 04:30:00 PM

Charlie Trotter and the $75K Wine Bottle Lawsuit

Apparently, it's not easy to quietly sell a world-renowned restaurant and all the contents inside it without a few hiccups. The latest speed bump for Charlie Trotter comes from a couple of New York City wine collectors that purchased a bottle from Trotter's impressive Bordeaux and Cabernet collection. The particular bottle under scrutiny is a magnum of 1945 Domaine de la RomanĂ©e-Conti, which sold for $46,200. According to the Chicago Tribune, a representative of the buyer met with the estate co-owner Aubert de Villain, who said, "Domaine de la Romanee-Conti only produced small yields in 1945 and as a result did not produce any large format magnum-size bottles." So now the couple is suing Trotter and his former restaurant for violating federal and state consumer laws, alleging they were sold a counterfeit bottle. They are seeking $75,000 in damages, and the case will be settled in court.


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