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Update: French Laundry Thieves Made Off With $300,000 Worth of Wine

76 bottles in total, some worth more than $15,000 each.

The French Laundry.
The French Laundry.
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Thomas Keller's Michelin-starred Napa icon The French Laundry was the victim of a wine heist on Christmas Day. According to a statement posted by Inside Scoop SF, the thief or thieves made off with a number of bottles by Screaming Eagle and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

The restaurant's Instagram account also posted a photo of the thieves' apparent method of entry, a door that had been busted open, appropriately tagging it #TheGrinchThatStoleXmas:

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UPDATE: The restaurant has released the complete list of stolen wine bottles, and it appears the thieves involved have exquisite taste. Numbers crunched by the Los Angeles Times value the stolen wine at over $300,000, including several bottles of a DRC Romanée Conti vintage worth up to $15,000 each. Seventy-six bottles were taken in all, and in addition to the previously reported brands Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Screaming Eagle, TFL confirms bottles of Clos de la Maréchale and Dom Perignon were stolen, as well. Keller also provides LAT with a statement, saying:

We are working with local law enforcement in this ongoing investigation and appreciate any information the community may have that could help us identify the offenders. We look forward to rebuilding our cellar and moving forward with The French Laundry’s kitchen remodel.

The French Laundry temporarily shuttered for remodeling last week, with the last night of service held on December 23. It will undergo a complete kitchen overhaul before reopening in late summer or early fall.

The French Laundry

6640 Washington Street, , CA 94599 (707) 944-2380 Visit Website

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