BILL OF THE WEEK

Four bankers chose City favourite 1 Lombard Street to celebrate a deal in a low-key fashion, opting for the reasonably priced set lunch at £24.50. However, their restraint went out of the window when they spotted the wine list and, before they knew it, they had ordered some “superlative” bottles from the 1 Lombard Street cellar. The Capitalist hears the party enjoyed an “extremely rare” Egly Ouriet 1999, a bottle of Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet from 2001 and a Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 1982 – the claret credited with sending sales of Bordeaux into orbit. To set the seal on their successful deal, the bankers chose a bottle of Chateau d’Yquem 1991 – the sweet wine that set the standard for Sauternes “perfection”. The bankers may not have got much work done for the rest of the afternoon, but at least no-one can fault their dedication for quality over quantity.