Couple “steal wines from a Spanish restaurant, including a £ 295,000 bottle” – .

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Couple “steal wines from a Spanish restaurant, including a £ 295,000 bottle” – .


One of the hotel owners suspects an English-speaking couple posing as sophisticated guests (Photo: Getty Images)

A man and woman apparently working for a private wine collector distracted staff at an upscale Spanish restaurant before stealing 45 bottles of wine, it has been claimed.

The rare wines, including a 215-year-old Château d’Yquem valued at around £ 295,000, were taken to the upscale Atrio hotel and restaurant in Caceres on Wednesday morning, according to reports.

One of the hotel’s owners, Jose Polo, suspects an English-speaking couple who checked into the hotel and dined at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant.

Mr Polo believes the man crept into the hotel’s cellar – containing more than 40,000 bottles – as staff members were distracted as they served the couple more food, leaving security camera monitors behind unattended.

The couple left with their luggage and paid with a credit card as if they were regular guests.

“They were professionals, they knew exactly what they were doing,” said Mr. Polo.

In addition to the 1806 Chateau d’Yquem, the couple are said to have taken six other 19th-century bottles from exclusive winemaker Romanée-Conti in the Burgundy region of France.

The Atrio Hotel in Caceres, southwestern Spain, had a two Michelin star restaurant whose wine was stolen (Photo: Google Maps)

The collector’s theory is that the thieves were working for another collector because not all bottles can be sold on the open market.

“These bottles are very numbered and controlled. This 1806 Yquen is unique; everyone knows it’s ours, ”he said.

Mr Polo did not calculate the total value of all the bottles but said their symbolic value was the most important.

Police have confirmed that an investigation has been opened into the stolen wine.

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