Serious wine collectors clearly have a high tolerance for risk as, according to Sotheby’s, some 5% of the world’s most expensive wines are fakes.
There are no definite numbers on how many counterfeits are changing hands, but Serena Sutcliffe, Sotheby’s international wine director, told Decanter magazine that the number of 1945 vintage wines being sold exceeds 1945’s output.
How do you tell the difference between the real and the faux? “The vast majority of counterfeits are drunk with enormous pleasure”, said Sutcliffe. “In fact, that is one way to ferret out a fake: Very old wines are seldom drinkable; fakes tend to be consistently good.”