Waving farewell to Lafite
17 Feb 2011 by Jancis Robinson
Nick and I spent Valentine's night in the company of over 100 others, members of the Wine Society's Dining Club. The occasion was a dinner, almost more of a wake, because its theme was Château Lafite. As was pointed out in the circular about this event, thanks to China-fuelled recent price rises for this particular first growth, it is almost certain that the club will never again be able to afford a Lafite event. Club chairman Jim Ryan spelt out what was paid for the wines originally and what they are priced at today - which made the ticket price of around £200 a head look stunningly good value. The meal of crab, venison,...

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