Charlie Trotter Served With Fake Wine Lawsuit

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

Friday, Jun 14, 2013  |  Updated 9:36 AM CDT
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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.

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.

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

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

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