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Despite the boom in fine wine, decent bottles can still be found for a bargain—if you stick to the really great vintages. Plus, why Evelyn Waugh was no wine buff

By Bruce Palling   April 2008

Wines for the super-rich

Coutts—bankers to the royals—recently released an alarming report on how the super-rich are feeling the effects of hyperinflation. According to Stephen Blackman, senior economic adviser at the bank, in the past year a case of Chateau Pétrus 1990 has zoomed up from £3,250 to £5,250. Before anyone voices outrage at this, I should add that no sensible person should entrust their funds to Blackman: Pétrus ’90 has been selling for over £20,000 a case for some time and may pass the £30,000 mark before the year’s end. In fact, the soon-to-be-released Pétrus ’05 is now…

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