Q: I always found the Rothschild family logo to have feathers-like marks on the end of the arrow on the cork of Carruades de Lafite. But I have a bottle of Carruades 2007 in which the arrow end on the cork does not have this feathers-like logo. Is it fake? I sent you a photo. —Ken, Hong Kong
A: If you have doubts about a cork's authenticity due to disparities in lettering, numerals or logo, see if you can cross-reference against images of the cork that might appear on the winery or chateau's web site. Contact your wine merchant immediately and ask him to get in touch with the distributor or producer for verification. I forwarded your Carruades cork query to Chris Adams, CEO of the established Manhattan wine merchant Sherry Lehmann. He passed on the question and image to Christopher Salin, managing director of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (the parent company of Carruades de Lafite). Salin replied, "Hard to say on a pic, but it looks genuine."
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