Chef Thomas Keller revealed today that his flagship restaurant, The French Laundry, was the victim of a theft on Christmas day. A thief broke into the wine cellar of the famous restaurant and stole bottles “of a certain value” of Screaming Eagle and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines, both widely-considered to be two of the highest-valued and rarest wine labels on the market.
Keller confirmed the troubling news on his Facebook page, saying, “We have complete trust in the authorities leading the investigation, and we welcome any information our community may have regarding the event. We are confident that if and when any of the stolen bottles appear in public, they will immediately raise questions and red flags among the wine knowledgeable.”
The theft comes at a time when the French Laundry is actually getting ready to close for extensive renovations this winter. Earlier this summer, Keller had announced that the restaurant will be undergoing a major expansion, and is due to re-open at earliest, summer 2015.