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How to taste a great bottle

How can you sample some of the world’s greatest wines when they are so scarce and eye-wateringly expensive? Buying a precious bottle may dwarf the cost of the accompanying meal and diminish the experience. Many will remember the story of the Barclays Six: the bankers who ordered two vintages of Château Pétrus—the 1945 and 1947—at a London restaurant and tried to pass offthe bill as expenses. They spent £44,000 on wine. The public were understandably outraged and so were Barclays, who fired all but one of them. But what caught my eye at the time was the view of a French commentator who objected not to the vast expense but to the ordering of a second bottle. There was no need to do so having had the experience of such a rare treasure; and they had taken one more precious bottle out of circulation, depriving others of the experience.

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In Prospect’s August issue: Rachel Sylvester argues that the EU referendum has started a re-alignment of British politics while Roger Scruton and Jay Elwes say that it has thrown Britain into a bout of self-examination with the fundamental question of who we are as a nation at its centre. In addition, Peter Mandelson says without reform the EU could fall victim to a populist uprising. Also in this issue: Philip Ball explores quantum entanglement, George Magnus looks at the political situation in Brazil ahead of the Olympics and Adam Mars-Jones unpicks the work of Steven Spielberg. James Cusick looks at the impact of the Chilcot report and Kathy Lette explains what the world would be like if she was in charge.