Illuminati corruption and fraud is rampant in the high end wine market.
French government officials revealed in March 2018 shocking details of a massive fraud that was committed by a major wine bottler in the Rhone,
believed to be Raphael Michel, where as much as 15% of all Cotes du Rhone wine was falsely labeled. An estimated 66.5 million bottles of inferior wine being sold
off as Côtes du Rhône, with some even labelled as Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The company that engaged in the fraud is Raphael Michel, which is a major bulk bottler in the Vaucluse area of France and is one of the biggest producers of these prestigious red wines.
In August 2017, the company chairman, Guillaume Ryckwaert and several high level managers were arrested for fraud, tax violations and deception. Ryckwaert eventually made a $1.5 million bail and was barred from having anything to do with the company while it was being investigated.
The wine fraud has rocked the Rhone Valley of France in the past year. Ryckwaert and his co-conspirators have been accused of masterminding a fraud since 2015. It is alleged they sourced four million cases of table wine and resold it as premium wine from the Rhone region.
Wine fraud has been a problem in France over the past decades. In 2016, Francois Marie Marret, who was the owners of several Bordeaux companies, was put in jail for two years and fined $9 million for a scam that blended cheap table wine with expensive Saint Emillion and Pomerol Laland wines. These were then sold to various supermarkets and other cheap outlets. More than one million bottles were destroyed by court order.
In 2015, the president of a Chablis producer was put in jail after it came out that he was tainting his Chablis wines with juice from Provence and the Rhone. This scam went on for over 10 years. In 2010, 12 French winemakers were also convicted of selling fake pinot noir to the company Gallo.
In 2010, a dozen French winemakers were convicted of selling fake Pinot Noir to Gallo.
Another major wine scam in recent years involved an illegal immigrant in the US.
Before Rudy Kurniawan was even 30, he had risen to become a major player in very rare wines. In one auction alone in 2006, Kurniawan sold $24.7m of wine. But in 2008, he made a big mistake that ruined his career.
It occurred at a wine auction in Greenwich Village at the restaurant Cru. There were 22 lots of red wine from Domaine Ponsot, which is a famous Burgundy producer that collectors love. Six of the lots were said to be Close Saint Denis, which is one of the greatest appellations from the Burgundy area. All of the vintages were from 1945 to 1971, with a price of $70,000 per case. All of them were supposedly stored in Kuriawan's ‘magic cellar.'
There was only one issue: His father did not have any access to Clos Saint Denis vines until the early 1980s. So, those vintages were fake.