Sound Advice?

A minister whose department is supposed to be tackling the cladding scandal has advised voters to glug £174-a-bottle champagne while awaiting the rollout of the Covid vaccine.

Housing minister Chris Pincher said Krug Grand Cru Cuvée would act as “an alternative vaccine until the real thing provides more permanent inoculation against the memory of last year”.

In an article for The Critic magazine, the Rt Hon Mr Pincher wrote “In the land of shimmering champers, at least in my opinion, Krug is king”. And he recommended the 166th edition of the Grand Cru Cuvée, a champagne blended annually using more than 120 wines from ten different vintages.

“It is ideal for lifting the spirit and lighting up a darkening winter afternoon. So, if you have the chance, or the wherewithal to buy a bottle, these bubbles will brighten your family bubble and provide an alternative vaccine until the real thing provides more permanent inoculation against the memory of last year “.

So I asked him was this really such a good use of 120 other wines, just to make one brand? And he replied “Oh yes, it’s the best alternative vaccine until you get your second dose” and he signed it. Can’t get fairer than that?

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