An aggressive crime wave in France has hit Julian Brocard of Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, a top producer of Chablis, leading to a loss of wine worth 50,000 euros ($56,422). Four times over the last nine months, thieves have used armored vehicles to break into the Brocard cellar and steal around 2,500 bottles of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 vintages, reports Decanter.com.
"This last theft was carried out as a ram raid with specially armored vehicles," Brocard told the website. "The kind used more typically in jewelry heists. It caused serious destruction to our winery besides the loss of the wine itself."
Because he has put out an alert to trace the wines and none have resurfaced, Bocard believes they were stolen to order. The most recent incident took place "a few days ago."
Large-scale booze theft isn't just a French thing. In March, police officers in Kentucky found $30,000 worth of stolen Wild Turkey bourbon in a man's back yard, and in April, nine bourbon bandits were indicted for their alleged involvement in the theft of $100,000 worth of Wild Turkey and the hard-to-find Pappy Van Winkle.