Just caught an interesting 5 minutes on anti-fraud measures at Chateau Margaux on a BBC tech/gadget programme called Click.
It’s not news that these measures are in place of course, but I was unaware of the extent of the measures so the programme may be of interest to others, even though it may even be a repeat – the vineyard shots were clearly filmed in autumn.
The measures include:
- bottles are individualised, with a Margaux emblem and the vintage embossed on the bottom, within the punt.
- a trace element included within the capsule, which can be detected using appropriate equipment.
- an individualised label adherent to capsule and bottle which includes a unique number associated with a bubble film; this is a film of plastic which incorporates a unique and random pattern of bubbles, recorded and stored by the Margaux team.
The program also makes passing mention of determining the veracity of older wines by caesium detection. I was amused to see the bottle under examination was the infamous 1921 Petrus – in the large Rodenstock format, of course.