Lucky diner savours £4,500 wine blunder

Hawskmoor wine

Hawskmoor wine

The restaurant later tweeted that the customer "accidentally got given a bottle of Chateau Le Pin, Pomerol, 2001" and said it hoped they enjoyed their evening. "To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up!" The mix-up was seen as an effective marketing stunt for the restaurant as people are getting to know about it and they hope the same can happen to them, HuffPost UK reported.

The restaurant staffers thought it would be amusing if the patrons who received the wine were informed of the mistake through social media - and they wanted to send an encouraging message to the manager who served the expensive wine. Unfortunately, that was the only bottle the Manchester location of Hawksmoor had in stock.

"It was a very busy night at the restaurant and a very simple mistake", a spokesperson for Hawksmoor told the Independent.

And the customer - who had ordered a bottle worth £260 - was happy to drink the extortionate wine.

Robert Parker gave 2001 Le Pin 98 points in 2004, and the cheapest price Imbibe could find for it on Wine-Searcher was £1,400 for a half-bottle.

Beckett said the staff member involved was "brilliant, and we know she is brilliant" and this was a one-off mistake.

It was only afterwards that the restaurant's manager realised the mistake, the BBC reported.

The waitress asked a manager, who was visiting from another store doing some training, if she could fetch it for her but she picked up the wrong bottle.

The restaurant, voted second best in Manchester by Time Out, describes the top notch Bordeaux red: "Its deep ruby/plum/purple colour is accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of creme de cassis, cherry liqueur, plums, liquorice, caramel, and sweet toast", it says.

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