Restaurant Accidentally Serves Customer A $6,000 Bottle Of Wine

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

A restaurant diner who ordered a nice bottle of red to go with their dinner got something a bit fancier than they were expecting -- a rare French wine priced at $5,800.

The customer at the Manchester, England branch of steak chain Hawksmoor ordered a 2001 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, which is listed at £260 ($450) – already beyond the budget of the vast majority of diners. But – and without knowing it – they got a bottle priced more than 10 times as much.

"It was a very busy night at the restaurant and a very simple mistake," Irena Pogarcic of PR company Kitchen Communications told CNN. "A member of staff picked up the wrong bottle, mistaking it for another Bordeaux of the same vintage."

"The wine went out and was served to the customer. The customer didn't know and it was only afterward that one of the managers picked up what had happened."

The restaurant later tweeted that the customer, who has not been identified, "accidentally got given a bottle of Château Le Pin, Pomerol, 2001" and said it hoped they enjoyed their evening. 

"To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up! One-off mistake and we love you anyway," Hawksmoor added.

The 2001 Château Le Pin features in the "rarities" section of Hawksmoor's menu and is the most expensive item on the list. 

The restaurant tweeted a photo of the two wines side by side, adding in capital letters: "They look pretty similar OK?!" As you can see in the photo, they really don't. 

And let's just hope those that consumed the rare French wine had a palate as well as a wallet.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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