Nearly 5,000 bottles of Petrus, Lafite-Rothschild, Margaux and other great crus came up for grabs on Friday at auction in Paris. Bertrand Delanoe, Paris’s abstemious Socialist mayor, decided to sell off the wines which were bought for his predecessor in the role, Jacques Chirac. Delanoe hoped to raise £500,000-£1m from the two day sale of 75% of the cellar which was felt to be too lavish for official entertainment. British buyer Stephen Williams, who owns the Antique Wine Company, in London, took on the finest bottles. The Times The Daily Telegraph The Independent Daily Mail