Decanter.com, a previously prestigious wine news site, reported the entire lot of Les Forts de Latour 2009, a second wine from Chateau Latour, was purchased by the North Korean government at En Primeur Bordeaux 2009, an annual wines future event, as an April Fool's prank.
Decanter went into exhaustive detail on how Kim Jong-il, North Korea's communist dictator, personally ordered the wine after sending a team to taste at En Primeur Bordeaux 2009 week.
Citing the government-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as a source Decanter relayed that Jong-il heard the positive reports about the 2009 vintage and "was pleased by reports of the wine's purity of fruit, and balance".
And, both the "General Secretary and Dear Leader Kim Jong-il" announced Les Forts de Latour 2009 is to "become the official wine of state banquets in the People's Democratic Republic of North Korea," reported KCNA. The bottles will also bear a personalized label requested by Jong-il.
A representative with Chateau Latour confirmed to Relaxnews, "this is absolutely false, untrue."Reuse content