Restaurants run by some of Britain’s top chefs – including Raymond Blanc, Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver – are charging up to five times more for a bottle of wine than they paid for it. Consumer watchdogs accused them of greed and said the high wine prices could deter people from dining out. But the restaurants argue that high profit margins are vital to cover other costs such as staff and wine storage. Blumenthal’s three Michelin-starred The Fat Duck, in Bray, Berkshire, charges £58 for a bottle of 2005 Bourgogne Aligote, which The Sunday Telegraph claims can be obtained from its supplier for just £12.12. Taking VAT into account, that means a profit of £35.73. The Sunday Telegraph 25/05/08 page 15