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French PM's pricey wine shipped to China unopened

Dec. 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

PARIS, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A Chinese buyer said he shipped a high-priced bottle of wine he bought from the prime minister of France home to China without tasting it first.

Huang Lushen paid a premium price of 10,500 euros ($14,390) at auction for the burgundy, which came from the personal cellar of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Huang, 27, told Radio France Internationale he immediately shipped the bottle to China.

The Romanee-Conti wine was one of only 6,000 the winery produces each year and sold well above the 5,000 euro ($6,853) guide price.

Despite the high price, wine experts said Huang got a good deal. Many of the bottles sold from the prime minister's cellar Friday were considered too expensive to ever serve, RFI said.

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