As the personal assistant to Mr. Solomon, Mr. De-Meyer received shipments of wine at his boss’s Manhattan apartment and was then expected to deliver them to the wine cellar at Mr. Solomon’s home in East Hampton on Long Island.
But hundreds of bottles never made it to that cellar, the authorities said. Mr. De-Meyer stole them and, using an alias of Mark Miller, sold them to a wine dealer from North Carolina who would pick them up at the apartment, according to the indictment.
Among the vast collection, the most prized vintages stolen were seven bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a French pinot noir from Burgundy produced by one of the most revered vineyards in the world. Reviewers have described the wines, which can fetch tens of thousands of dollars per bottle, as “liquid velvet.”
Mr. De-Meyer sold the seven bottles, which his boss had purchased for $133,650, to the wine dealer. From 2014 to late 2016, Mr. De-Meyer sold bottles valued at more than $1.2 million, the authorities said.
It is not clear how much money Mr. De-Meyer made off the sales or how the theft was discovered. His lawyer could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
The indictment does not name Mr. Solomon, but a Goldman Sachs spokesman confirmed he was the victim.
In an interview last year, Mr. Solomon spoke about his love of great wine and pairing one of his bottles with Wagyu dry-aged beef or even a clam pizza.
“Wine list prices are crazy right now,” Mr. Solomon told BloombergPursuits. “I prefer to bring something with me.”