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 original information.
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.