Originally posted by wine+art:
If a bottle was selling for $300, and Premier Cru was selling it for $150, I would rather pay the $300 and know I was in control of the bottles provenance, than pay $150 and have a bottle cooking somewhere for 5 years without proper provenance.
I do not need any $150 bottles I would not even cook with.
While it is true that one does not know the provenance of a bottle purchased through PC, this can be said of many items purchased through a retailer. Even using the established the auction houses you know nothing more than what they ambiguously describe (a fine gentlemen collector from the E Coast blah blah blah).
Bottom line is that you have to trust the retailer your purchasing/sourcing from. If you can't trust them, don't buy from them. That said, I've purchased a handful of bottles from PC and have not had one bottle show anything other than superbly. Regarding this, I feel compelled to fairly give them the credit they deserve.