The wine merchant Rudy Kurniawan (*1976) from Indonesia is considered the "biggest and most successful wine counterfeiter in the world". In a trial in New York, he was proven to have counterfeited wine worth 20 million dollars. Therefore, he was sentenced to eight years in prison on 8 March 2012. Kurniawan had entered the USA with a student visa at the end of the 1990s and became the world's most sought-after rarity trader for old luxury wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy. At first, comparatively inexpensive old Burgundies from small vineyards and small wineries were stretched with young Pinot Noir wines from California. The auction "The Cellar II", which he organised in 2006, resulted in record proceeds of $ 24.7 million. Today, it is known that a large part of the wines were faked. Among others, there were eight magnum bottles of Château Lafleur vintage 1947. His speciality were large-sized bottles of the vintage 1947 as well as wines from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. That's why he was called "Mr. 47" or "Dr. Conti" in the scene.
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