A good day: finding a bottle of Lafite under your bed
It’s August in London, which means the wine trade goes AWOL. Some of us mere mortals have to work, but the daily grind is eased by a free corkage deal with several Michelin-starred restaurants in the big smoke.
Five of London’s Michelin starred restaurants, The Square (2*), The Ledbury (2*), Chez Bruce (1*), La Trompette (1*) and The Glasshouse (1*) allow you to bring your own plonk for free if you’re a Bordeaux Index customer.
Last year I had a rather boozy and delicious meal at The Ledbury with several wine journos. We almost didn’t get there due to a rather elderly black cab driver having little Knowledge. This year, it’s going to be Sunday lunch at Chez Bruce.
Tina Gellie, chief sub-editor at Decanter, will be my date and lucky for her, while rummaging under my old bed at my parent’s house, I found a bottle of 1989 Lafite-Rothschild I had forgotten I had been given by my uncle. At £8960 a case (Fine & Rare Market data), I have had worse surprises.
On the down side, I’ll have to drink it rather than sell it on, as my dad has written his initials (JG)on the label in black marker pen a bid to try and claim it as his own – typical Scouser. However, all in all, a fruitful day.