In Murder in the One Percent (2018, Black Opal Books), the characters attend a birthday party at a mansion in the horse country of Pennsylvania. That Saturday night, they dine from an elegant nine-course menu with wines selected for their best years and perfectly matched to each course. Murder in the One Percent
We would expect nothing less from the wealthy and powerful hosts in the one percent, right?
Just for fun, I priced the wines being served, using today’s market quotes. Following are the prices per bottle:
Champagne Krug, 2000 $225
Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, 1990 $350
Sauterne Chateau d'Yquem, 1990 $265
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, 2006 $125
Richebourg Leroy, 1991 $3122
Chateau Lafitte Rothschild, 1982 $2400
Graham's Vintage Port $139
Hennessy Paradia Cognac $693
That adds up to a hefty $7319 for just one bottle of each. Knowing these characters as I do, they would consume at least two and probably three bottles during the party, bringing the cost of libations to a whopping $21,957. No wonder the guests had such a fun time at that dinner party! They ate and drank like royalty and went to bed happy. Too bad the next day, one of them woke up dead.