THE FIGHT AGAINST WATERED-DOWN DRINKS AND COUNTERFEIT ALCOHOL

The wine detective battling counterfeiters

31 March 2017

Philip Moulin intently studies the label on a bottle of expensive wine with a magnifying glass.
He then shines a blue ultraviolet light at the bottle, before picking it up and weighing it in his hands.”Counterfeit bottles can often be much lighter,” he says.
While Mr Moulin’s official job tile is “fine wine and authentication manager”, he is in fact BBR’s head wine detective, tasked with preventing any counterfeit bottles entering the facility.
It is a vital role at BBR because the company is one of the world’s largest sellers of fine wines, the very expensive bottles that can retail for more than $10,000 (£8,000).
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