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.
On Christmas day @_TFL_ was the victim of a robbery. Specific wines of specific value were stolen: DRC & Screaming Eagle (1/3)— Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) December 30, 2014
We have complete trust in the authorities leading the investigation & welcome any information our community may have (2/3)— Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) December 30, 2014
We are confident that if/when any stolen bottles appear in public they will immediately raise red flags. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org w/info (3/3)— Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) December 30, 2014
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:
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.