In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Hawksmoor promotes staff member who served £4,500 wine by mistake
The member of staff at the Manchester branch of steak restaurant Hawksmoor who served a bottle of £4,500 Château Le Pin 2001 to diners by mistake has been promoted to general manager.
CIVB names new president
The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux has named Bernard Farges as its new president after its general assembly this Monday.
New director of CA Grands Crus named
Anne Le Naour has been appointed as the new director of Credit Agricole’s wine division, taking over from Thierry Budin.
DRC leads ‘superb array’ at London sale
Fine and rare labels will be much in evidence at Sotheby’s sale in London next week, with parcels of first growths and grand cru Burgundy taking pride of place in the line-up.
Léoville Barton trading at new highs
Four vintages of Léoville Barton have hit new all-time highs on the Liv-ex Exchange over the last month. Is it a label on the move?
1963 Noval beats Petrus and DRC in London sale
Two sales held by Sotheby’s in London this week netted a combined £2,785,385, underpinned by Bordeaux and Burgundy but with a case of rare Port trumping Petrus and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to be the auction’s highest-selling lot.
‘Sexy’ 2016 Yquem released
The 2016 vintage of Château d’Yquem has been released but despite being hailed as “magical”, “moreish” and “sexy”, is it a good buy?
Confirmed: Colombian-American investor buys 20% of Petrus
The news emerging from Bordeaux that the storied Pomerol estate Petrus has sold a 20% stake to a Colombian-American investor has been confirmed by the winery.