The following is a statement by Stephen Wlliams of The Antique Wine Company in response to the lawsuit described in British fine-wine merchant sued over 1787 Yquem.
The Antique Wine Company strongly denies all the
allegations made against it by Julian LeCraw.
Our lawyers have been in correspondence with Mr LeCraw’s
lawyers over these allegations for some months and have provided them with
evidence to prove that the allegations made by them are unfounded. This
evidence includes extensive information provided at the time of the sales to
show the authenticity of the wines and subsequent documents verifying the
They have co-operated
fully in connection with the consigned wines and have made proposals for
resolution of this issue.
The Antique Wine Company, since its inception in 1989,
has supplied hundreds of bottles of highly valuable wine to customers around
the world. Ensuring the authenticity of these wines is paramount and they
maintain extensive records proving traceability from the suppliers to the
company and beyond including documents from chateaux and producers.
The proceedings brought against The Antique Wine Company
will be vigorously defended.