During a large-scale investigation, the French police seized stolen wines worth about five million euro. In the process, 25 suspects were arrested, French media report. During searches in the Gironde and Dordogne regions as well as in the Loire region, top wines like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Cheval Blanc, Petrus and Yquem were found. They come from thefts as well as burglaries in top restaurants, wine shops and at négociants in Paris and in Aquitaine.
According to the police, a highly organized, international network is behind the burglaries. "They disabled all protection mechanisms like cameras, motion detectors and alarm systems," said Patrick Léonard, chief of the supra-regional police in Bordeaux.
The head of the gang is believed to be a 55-year-old Chinese national residing in Bordeaux, who had also been previously investigated, he said. It is possible that the gang of thieves is also responsible for a spectacular burglary in the Les Caves de Taillevent luxury wine shop in Paris in October, 2020. At that time, wines worth more than 50,000 euro were stolen. The investigations are continuing.