Joel Robuchon, a 1864 Bordeaux and a 1m yen bill

18th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

TOKYO, Oct 18 (AFP) - Forty well-heeled gastronomes will get the chance in Tokyo to sample some of the rarest wine of the 19th century with an original menu by France's "chef of the century" Joel Robuchon. The bill: a cool JPY 1 million (USD 9,150).

 TOKYO, Oct 18 (AFP) - Forty well-heeled gastronomes will get the chance in Tokyo to sample some of the rarest wine of the 19th century with an original menu by France's "chef of the century" Joel Robuchon. The bill: a cool JPY 1 million (USD 9,150).

US wine critic Robert Parker is organising two "Hedonist Dinners" in December featuring 19 top vintages including a 1921 Chateau d'Yquem, a 1953 Margaux and an 1864 Chateau-Lafite-Rothschild - which was aged for a century in the Scottish cave that inspired Shakespeare's "MacBeth."

Robuchon, who in 1990 was declared "chef of the century" by the French gastronomical guide Gault et Millau, said he would face a "difficult challenge" coming up with a menu to match.

"I'm dazzled by the quality of the wines that were chosen. Who can boast of having drunk 1864 and 1870 vintages?" Robuchon said. "What is certain is that as there are 19 wines, there will be 19 dishes."

The extravagant meals were designed by Parker foremost for prestige value, with the one million-yen price tag unlikely to cover the costs.

Robuchon, addressing a press conference in Tokyo on Friday, said the "Hedonist Dinners" showed that the Japanese capital "has become the symbol of the art of living and good taste."

"I'm certain that wine lovers are going to come from all over the world, from China and Greece for example," Robuchon said. "But in the end what will decide will be their wallet."

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