EVERYONE knows that life is too short to drink cheap wine, but not many are quite as true to that philosophy as a couple of City brokers anxious to impress a couple of clients recently at the Roux at the Landau restaurant. They forked out £1,020 for two bottles of Montrachet and a further £500 for a bottle of Grands Échezeaux, the drink making up more than three quarters of the final bill.

Fine wine demands a decent accompaniment, of course, and the foursome made their way through platters of lamb, sole, scallops and foie gras – not to mention some luxurious desserts – for a total cost of £2,003.