Wine expert witness Michael Egan testified in the New York fraud case against wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan. Egan, Director of Authenticity and Auctions at the Bordeaux Winebank, said that most of the wines at the home of Kurniawan were fakes and not rare vintages. Previous to this exposure, Kurniawan had been touted as one of a select few fine vintage wine collectors. Now he is facing jail if convicted of fraud. The alleged counterfeiter borrowed money against his collection and now owes a New York bank several million dollars.
At http://www.bordeauxwinebank.com, Mr. Egan explains that the production of “fake bottles of the greatest Bordeaux has increased dramatically these last few years.” Egan spent over 20 years for Sotheby’s in London.