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Wine: How to taste a great bottle

"It is getting easier to taste trophy bottles"

By Barry Smith   August 2016

How can you sample some of the world’s greatest wines when they are so scarce and eye-wateringly expensive? Buying a precious bottle may dwarf the cost of the accompanying meal and diminish the experience. Many will remember the story of the Barclays Six: the bankers who ordered two vintages of Château Pétrus—the 1945 and 1947—at a London restaurant and tried to pass off the bill as expenses. They spent £44,000 on wine. The public were understandably outraged and so were Barclays, who fired…

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