Christmas Hamper - Redleaf Communications Ltd by fionan


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Contact details: Rachel Argyle/Chris Rogers t +44 (0)20 7822 0200

Tuesday, November 27, 2007. London restaurant Vivat Bacchus has created the country’s most expensive Christmas hampers after a request by its City customers. At a cost of £45,000 each for the most expensive, they include some of the world’s most sought after wines. Three hampers have already been ordered. One particular bottle – the South African Meinert Merlot 2000 – was requested personally by Nelson Mandela for his 85th birthday party, attended by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and ex-President Bill Clinton. “Only a few bottles remain and we’ve got six of them,” said Neleen Strauss, co-owner of Vivat Bacchus, located in Farringdon Street. Said Neleen Strauss: “We were approached by several high profile City individuals wanting something special for Christmas. We’ve created hampers at £45,000, £30,000 and £15,000 along with some around the £2,000 mark. “A local grocer recently launched an odds-and-sods hamper for £20,000 which included everything but the kitchen sink. We feel ours is more in keeping with what our customers really want for Christmas. It certainly doesn’t contain any lemon curd that’s for sure. "There is a lot of speculation about City downturn and misery in the Square Mile, but we haven't seen any sign of it. All our diners say they are preparing for a very merry Christmas indeed!" The £45,000 hamper contains a selection of 21 bottles of fine wine, meats and rare cheeses. Foods Leg of Joselito, on the bone, Beachwood and stainless steel stand, preparation knife, carving knife 1kg Royal Beluga Caspian Caviar and Buffalo Horn Spoon 500g Elba White Truffle and Truffle Shaver Brillat Savarin Truffé Vacherin Mont d’Or

Exmoor Jersey Blue Wines, Champagnes & Spirits Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1986 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1986 Chateau Margaux 1996 Chateau Haut Brion 1988 Chateau Latour 1995 Cheval Blanc 1996 Petrus 1986 Echezéaux 2001 Domaine Romanée Conti La Tache 1982, DRC Romanée Conti 1970, DRC Richebourg 1996, DRC Chateau d’Yquem 1959 Ken Forrester T Noble Late Harvest 2003 Vega Sicilia Magnum 1981 Ridge Montebello 1997 Veenwouden Chardonnay 2001 Sassicaia 1997 Richard Hennesy Cognac Sempe Armagnac Cristal 1989 Salon 1983 -endsHigh resolution photography is available. For further information and pictures, please contact Chris Rogers or Rachel Argyle at Redleaf Communications on 0207 822 0200 or Neleen Strauss at Vivat Bacchus on 020 7353 2648 About Vivat Bacchus: Vivat Bacchus is a South African fine dining restaurant and deli in Farringdon Street, London. Since opening in 2003, the restaurant has established itself as one of the most popular destinations for City lunches and is highly regarding for its extensive wine and cheese selections.

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