“Maureen’s advice is sound. She is the Queen of sniffing out fakes”
Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW
Whether concerned about a single bottle of wine or an entire cellar of them, pondering purchasing fine and rare bottles, or curious about bottles purchased decades ago, we determine authenticity, health, and thus investment value/saleability of bottles. Independent, third-party authentication protects investment, mitigates purchase risk, and assists in attaining remuneration for bad/counterfeit or out of condition bottles.
Fine and rare wine markets are flooded with old and rare and recent release counterfeit bottles
New, better counterfeits are being made and sold every day
Counterfeits seep in, permeating even legitimate sales channels and are sold by unknowing, uneducated, careless, or dishonest vendors
Counterfeits are sold in every sector: brokers, retailers, online sales platforms, even some online and live auctions
Shockingly, unscrupulous vendors take vetted counterfeits back from aware buyers and resell them to unsuspecting new buyers
We can travel to you, or you can send bottles into one of our trusted storage partners or Certified TCM™ authenticators around the world for inspection. If you need help arranging shipping, our logistics partner, Xpeditr, is ready to help.
Bottle inspections follow The Chai Method™, Maureen Downey’s proprietary systematic inspection method employing state-of-the-art, forensic investigation, assessment, and analysis techniques. Findings are delivered in either Verbal Reports for pre-purchase, or initial sample of larger cellars, or Formal Written Reports for pre-sale authentication verification to use in bottles’marketing, or for remuneration of bad purchases.