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The Chateau d’Yquem 1806, bought in an auction more than 20 years ago, was the wine cellar’s greatest treasure. The owners said that they would not sell the bottle “for a million euros”. The raiders are thought to be a man and a woman who arrived late and are suspected of carrying out the crime while a meal was being delivered to their room. Losing the 45 precious bottles was a hammerblow for the owners of the Atrio Restaurant Hotel, in Caceres, western Spain.

In a statement, Jose Polo and Tono Perez said: “We feel an immense sadness. These 45 bottles were very special and have been bought over the past decades with great effort. What pains us most is the loss of Chateau d’Yquem from 1806, which was about to die two decades ago and which we saved with one of the most beautiful stories of the world of wine ever told.

“That bottle was part of our personal history, almost part of me, of the history of the hotel, but also of Caceres. Our hearts are broken.”

Nearly 40 of the other bottles were said to be Romanee-Conti, costing on average £10,000. The full cost of the bottles taken has not been revealed. Police have not yet made any official comment.

The Atrio wine cellar is considered to be the best in Spain and one of the finest in Europe.

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