Blog: US$35,000 bottle of wine - it's orf, m'lud
Olly Wehring | 11 February 2008
A GBP18,000 (US$35,000) bottle of wine, a Petrus 1961, was ordered from a Michelin-starred London restaurant last week. But upon noticing there was no stamp on the cork, the indulgent diner complained to the management that the wine could be a fake.
Much flapping ensued, I’m sure.
In response to the customer’s distress, the manager took a swig himself before promptly telling his guest that it had “gone off anyway”.
The situation was saved by the sale of a GBP20,000 alternative, a magnum of Mouton Rothschild 1945.
The restaurant called in the wine merchant Corney & Barrow to examine the rejected bottle. The merchant said it believed the wine to be genuine, but that it was impossible to confirm because there were no records kept before 1964.
Much like my birth certificate.
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