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Christchurch Earthquake – pic of a lucky escape for a Premier Cru

UPDATE 25 Feb 2011: The September earthquake turned out to be the small one with no deaths. Now it looks like this one will have up to 300 people dead (aout 90 confirmed at this stage, the rest are buried.

However Decant still survives! Here’s an email message from them,

Hello from Decant, Our thoughts are with you all at this time.
Many thanks for the kind wishes and words we have had from around the world, to let you know we are all safe and once again have been extremely fortunate as far as damage and loss goes.
We will re-open tomorrow from 10. am till 4.00pm. We have things like water and milk if needed as well as the obvious. There will definitely be something open for a taste, so maybe even if you just feel the need to get out and have a chat please feel free to visit.
The wine shop will be open next week – 10.am -4.00pm, but the Cafe will be closed until we get the water situation sorted. take care stay safe.
David and Juliet


A wine store near the epicenter of the 7.1 earthquake that struck Christchurch New Zealand last week sent this email and photo to their subscriber list:

Hello from Decant,

A picture says a thousand words. The attached photo epitomises how lucky we have been. Yes, it is a bottle of Sauzet Puligny ‘Folatieres’ Premier Cru ($155.00) that took a dive off the top shelf only to embed itself into a carton below and survive.

Premier Cru bottle's lucky escape during Christchurch Earthquake

Sauzet Puligny 'Folatieres' Premier Cru - a lucky escape. Photo Credit: Decant Wine Store

Unfortunately not everyone has been so lucky and our hearts and best wishes go out to all of you who have been affected by the earthquake.

If there is anything that we can do to help, please give us a call. We have already had requests for insurance valuation help on both the wine and glassware fronts.

As for us, it’s business as usual again. The coffee machine is flowing again and a pile of new wines have arrived instore. For those of you that need to escape the house this weekend, we’ll have a bottle or two of things new open to try.


I’m amazed Decant is back up and running so quickly. Credit to them as well as Civil Defense, civil engineers and the wider Canterbury community.

This is their address: 61 Mandeville St, Riccarton, Christchurch. A Google map below shows them just to the west of a big central city park – Hagley Park – to the east (or right) of the park is the CBD area where most of the TV footage of damage is coming from.

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Good luck to you David!

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