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The Bouncing Czech
Attributed to: Allen-Mills, Tony
Source: London Times, 9 October, 2005 about a Czech businessman who once startled London by spending £13,000 on lunch at a Mayfair restaurant
Contributed by: Anon

"Viktor Kozeny, a multi-millionaire entrepreneur who became known as the "Bouncing Czech" after several of his investment schemes turned sour, ... made headlines in London in 1997 when he ordered a £5,000 bottle of La Romanée-Conti with his lunch at Le Gavroche, then gave it to the restaurant staff to drink because he considered the 1985 wine "too young". By the time Kozeny and his two lunch partners had finished their smoked salmon papillotes, beef fillets and navarins of lamb, they had also downed bottles of 1961 Château Latour and 1945 Château Haut-Brion — considered two of the finest claret vintages of the century — and polished off their pudding with a bottle of 1967 Château d'Yquem, the world's most expensive dessert wine. The bill was a world record for a restaurant until six bankers from Barclays spent £44,000 on a London dinner in 2001."


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