What would be your choice of the best wines and Champagne if money were no object? Here is my selection, but we would welcome your contributions to this subject.
Champagne: 1996 Krug at £2846 per case inc VAT – a stunner if a little young – or what about a 1981 Krug at £5525 for a case of Magnums, which is one of the best champagnes ever made.
Red Wine: 1990 Chateau Petrus at £40,200 per case inc VAT. As blue-chip as you can get, but with a price to match, or for those ‘in the know’, what about the 2005 Chateau Margaux at £12,500 a case inc VAT, the best vintage ever – sheer perfection.
White Wine: Le Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, at £2,600 per bottle inc VAT – White Burgundy of this quality is now so rare that I could not find a full case, but it would have cost £31,200 at these prices.
Sweet Wine: Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes at £5,250 per case inc VAT – predictable but mind-blowingly good, and totally unique. Very good with foie gras!
All the above wines are available from Berry Bros & Rudd, London & Basingstoke, Contact; Joss Fowler of the Fine Wine team on 01256-340193
Rhone Wines: Of course, all the above are classic wines with matching prices, but if you want better value for money try some of the seriously underrated Rhone wines such as Hermitage Rouge 2001, from Gerard & Jean-Louis Chave, or Vin Blanc de Chateau-Grillet from Isabelle Baratin-Canet (both available from Yapp Brothers, at Mere in Wiltshire, Tel: 01747-860423 Contact: Jason Yapp)
Please email Robert Jarman with your suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org