Letter: No cheap wine

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The Independent Culture
Sir: We read the article "Restaurants make pounds 1,000 a bottle profit" (6 March) with interest, and in particular the table which showed us that we were not charging anywhere near enough for the Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac at pounds 310 per bottle, compared with the Oak Room's price of pounds 340 and pounds 350 at Brown's Hotel . We have therefore marked the price up to pounds 450 to maintain the mark-up that we enjoy with all the other wines shown in your table.

We would hate to think of anything "cheap" being associated with Le Gavroche, although it is true that at pounds 40, our set-price lunch including half a bottle of superb wine, three courses, coffee, petits fours and service could be seen as ridiculously cheap.


Chef de Cuisine and Managing Director

Le Gavroche

London W1