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It’s believed recent renovations at a famous restaurant in Paris set the scene for probably the biggest wine heist ever.

The legendary La Tour d’Argent is a famous restaurant in the French capital and also the inspiration behind the famous animation movie Ratatouille.

A case was opened with police by the owners of the restaurant after an inventory of their extensive wine collection was taken and missing bottles were identified.

It’s believed more than 80 bottles worth more than $1.63 million have gone missing from the cellar. This includes bottles from the famous French wine farm Domaine de la Romanee-Conti in Burgundy.

Police has confirmed that there were no signs of forced entry, leading the owners to believe the theft took place while the restaurant was closed between April 2022 and September 2023 for an extensive renovation.

The last audit of the wine cellar was conducted between 2020 and January 2024. It’s believed that’s when the theft took place.

La Tour d’Argent is a famous landmark on the Parisian gastronomy map. It’s located right on the banks of the Seine River with spectacular views of the river itself as well as the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The wine cellar is located two floors above ground and is home to about 300,000 bottles. It’s believed the content of the wine cellar is estimated at $27 million.

Image credit: Wine Spectator

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