Friday, August 12

A bottle of wine is stolen from the Atrio restaurant that costs 150,000 euros on the menu

The popular hotel restaurant Atrio de Cáceres (two Michelin stars, three Repsol Suns and one of the best wineries in the world) has suffered the millionaire theft of 45 bottles of wine: 38 from Romanée Conti and – “the one that hurts us the most,” they say from Atrio – the loss of the protagonist of this temple of gastronomy: the Chateau d’Yquem from 1806. The owners of Atrio managed to become an auction at Christie’s, in the year 2000, with that historic bottle, “which has seen the passing of the 215 most recent years in the history of Europe and whose value” is not quantifiable. “I would not sell it for a million euros”, José Polo, half of Atrio with chef Toño Pérez, has highlighted, who, in statements to Efe, has explained the “desolation” they feel with this event that he qualifies as “a movie” and that occurred at dawn last Tuesday.

As he has narrated, the robbery – perpetrated by a man and a woman – took place around 1.30 am, after they asked to stay at the hotel that has the restaurant. “A lady has come to stay, with a man, both extremely kind and they have asked for something to eat”, to which the receptionist told them that the kitchens were closed.

But “in that eagerness that we always have to please”, explains José Polo, the employee has left his post to see if they could prepare something for them, which has been used by the thieves to go down and enter the cellar without forcing the locks, so they intuit that they have used very sophisticated electronic means.

It has been an operation of extraordinary cleaning

Polo acknowledges that “it has been an operation of extraordinary cleanliness” of which he cannot give more details because the investigation is underway.

What it does make clear is that they have stolen part of their history and affirms that the fact that they have carried it out “in such a neat way” leads them to think that it was “a commission.”

In this sense, he underlines that “they have gone for what this winery had the most value: the Romanée Conti, which there are 3,500 bottles per year; there are no more. It is an arduous task to have these bottles in our cellar”. The Romanée Conti have an average price of 12,000 euros in the Atrio menu and one of them, the Montrachet Grand Cru 1999 Magnum, reaches the figure of 25,500 euros.

But “the most painful thing has been to lose the Chateau d’Yquem of 1806”, regrets Polo over and over again.

In the Atrio wine list, with nothing more and nothing less than 400 pages, this bottle appears remembered in 2001. “I had it at a price of 150,000 euros on the menu, but I would never really sell it. It is part of the history of this house, of the history of Cáceres; we were only the depositaries “, as he argues.

“It is a feeling of desolation. Yesterday I could not enter the cellar when I saw those empty shelves; I collapsed”, explains José Polo, who assures that the hole where the Chateau d’Yquem from 1806 was “will remain empty. and we will tell the story of what happened to us “because” this robbery is already part of the history of Atrio. ”