UK ministers drink less wine and sell off Latour 1961 – figures
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Officials sold six bottles of the lauded Château Latour 1961 from the UK government wine cellar to private clients, including Farr Vintners, the British Embassy in Paris and the Saintsbury Club.
They led a £40,000 sell-off of mature wines as the Foreign Office sought to balance the books for its £3 million hospitality cellar in the bowels of Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace.
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