José Polo "perhaps" would be willing to negotiate with the thieves to recover the bottle of Château D'Yquem from 1806
CACERES, 27 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) -
José Antonio Polo, one of the owners of the Atrio de Cáceres hotel and restaurant along with Toño Pérez, has maintained that the theft of the 45 bottles of exclusive wine from his winery was "on order" and that the bottles are outside of Spain.
"I think it was a commission and I was hoping that it wasn't like that and they would negotiate with the bottles, but if they don't negotiate between now and the end of the trial, it means that the person who commissioned the theft already has the bottles, and That person is more dangerous than jail," Polo stressed in statements to the media.
Likewise, he has shown himself willing to negotiate with the thieves of the wine bottles from his establishment to recover the bottle of Château D'Yquem from 1806, unique in the world, and which was stolen from the cellar along with 44 other bottles in October. of 2021.
Polo, who has testified this Monday as a witness in the trial for the robbery in which Constantin Dumitru and Priscila Lara Guevara are accused, has said when leaving the courts that the bottles of Romanée Conti that they stole "is nothing more than money "but in the case of Château D'Yquem from 1806 "perhaps" he would be willing to negotiate to recover it because it has "a lot of history" behind it and because of its exclusivity.
In fact, when asked by journalists about the cost of the bottles, he said that "it's relative" because "everything depends on there being someone willing to sell something and someone else willing to pay for it." As he has recounted in his statement in court, the famous bottle of 1806 was acquired in the year 2000 in a batch of 24 bottles and they paid for them between "seven or eight million pesetas", that is, about 42,000 or 54,000 euros of now.
"For me, I would not have sold the Château D'Yquem bottle for a million euros, unless I needed it to pay employees or suppliers, but it was a bottle with a lot of history, unique," he asserted, al time that he has remembered that it broke when they bought it twenty-three years ago and the winery itself bottled their wine again. In the cellars, now owned by Louis Vuitton, the oldest bottle is from 1866, sixty years older than the one stolen from Atrio.
When asked about the fact that he has not recognized "one hundred percent" the defendants as the people who were in the hotel the night of the events, Polo said that he is a bad physiognomist.
Regarding how the events occurred, Polo has said that he "does not know" how they could get hold of the magnetic key to open the cellar but, perhaps, they have duplicated it through an old key. And in relation to the inventory of wines, he has defended that it is done on a computer and also in two notebooks manually, where the wines that are sold and bought daily are noted, that is, the inventory is updated every day to know with exactly how many bottles and which ones are in the cellar.
Polo has concluded that "he has no idea where the bottles are" and has indicated that they have managed to turn the page on this event. It should be noted that the owners of Atrio reached an agreement with the insurer Reale that has compensated them with 753,454 euros for the bottles that were valued at more than 1.64 million euros on the restaurant's menu.