Charlie Trotter Served With Fake Wine Lawsuit

Couple claims acclaimed chef sold counterfeit bottle of wine for $46,200

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    Trotter closed his award-winning restaurant last year.

    A couple is suing former Chicago restaurateur Charlie Trotter for allegedly selling a counterfeit bottle of expensive wine.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, Bekim and Ilir Frrokaj paid more than $46,000 for a magnum of 1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from Trotter's famed private collection.

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    Trotter sold much of his wine collection when he closed his esteemed restaurant last year.

    But the couple claims they later learned that the bottle was a counterfeit, and that they've since learned the bottles were not produced in magnums that year.

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    Trotter told the Tribune that it's a case of "buyer's remorse."

    The lawsuit seeks $75,000 in damages, according to the newspaper.