Restaurant mistakenly served a $6,000 worth of rare French wine to customers


  • Instead of drinking a $300 red wine which they ordered, a couple was treated to an expensive rare bottle of red wine when a restaurant manager mistook the bottle for another red wine of the same vintage.
  • According to a Hawksmoor restaurant spokesperson, the incident happened on a Wednesday evening when a waiter mistakenly served a nearly $6,000 worth of rare red called 2001 Chateau Le Pin Pomerol instead of a 2001 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.
  • Despite the mix-up, the customers who were unaware ordered a second bottle of it which a manager politely suggested that they get a different one.

A couple dining at a Manchester restaurant who ordered for a $300 red wine was instead mistakenly served a bottle of rare red wine nearly $6,000 worth by a restaurant manager.

A restaurant spokesperson said the confusion happened on a busy Wednesday night at a Hawksmoor restaurant in Manchester.

The couple, who ordered a 2001 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande priced at a little more than $330, was mistakenly given a 2001 Chateau Le Pin, Pomerol. This wine is listed at about $5,800 and is among the “rarities” section of the restaurant’s wine list.

In an email to USA TODAY, spokesperson Irena Pogarcic explained that a staff member simply made a mistake of picking up the wrong bottle confusing it for ‘another Bordeaux of the same vintage’.

Pogarcic added that the customers, whose names were not known, were not even aware of the mix-up until one of the managers realized what had happened.

Co-founder Will Beckett told the Guardian that they only realized the mistake when another staff member commented: ‘Ooh, someone is drinking a very impressive wine at the bar!” He told the British outlet that when the couple ordered a second bottle, the manager suggested they order a different one without telling them what had happened.

He said he’s quite sure that the manager who committed the mistake is very embarrassed and won’t do it again.

On Thursday, the Hawksmoor tweeted about the mistake saying:

 “To the customer who accidentally got a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001 last night – hope you enjoyed your evening! To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up! One-off mistakes happen and we love you anyway!”

With a posted photo of the two wine bottles, the restaurant also added, “THEY LOOK PRETTY SIMILAR OK?!”

According to a piece written by wine critic Robert Parker Jr. in 2004, the 2001 Chateau Le Pin which he called “a tremendous effort” was described as one with a “deep ruby/plum/purple color accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of creme de cassis, cherry liqueur, plums, licorice, caramel and sweet toast.”


Source: USA Today

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