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Viernes, 20 de octubre de 2006 - 16:48 GMT
Se vende el vino de Chirac
El vino subastado de la alcaldía de París

Chirac's vintage wine to be sold

Paris town hall is auctioning nearly 5,000 bottles of fine wine from its hospitality cellars today. Some of the bottles of wine, which date from the time when Jacques Chirac was mayor, are now so rare they're expected to sell for thousands of pounds.

This report from Emma Jane Kirby:

Jacques Chirac has always been a bon viveur, famous for his huge appetite for the finer things of life. As mayor of Paris he was a frequent host of lavish parties and he and his wife Bernadette spent roughly six hundred dollars per day on their personal food and drink alone. But now Mr Chirac's prestigious collection of wine and champagne is going under the hammer.

The present socialist mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, ordered the auction after discovering bottles which had increased so much in value they were deemed too extravagant to be served by the Paris town hall.

Starting bids for most of the wine stand around the seven hundred and fifty dollar mark but those with a more sophisticated palette could try the 1990 Chateau Petrus, likely to fetch nearly two thousand seven hundred dollars. Mr Chirac may not be too sad to see his cellar dispersed, France's President actually prefers a cool glass of Mexican beer.

Emma Jane Kirby, BBC, Paris

VOCABULARY

a bon viveur
alguien que aprecia la buenas cosas de la vida, como los buenos vinos, la buena comida, etcétera

lavish
lujoso

prestigious
prestigioso

going under the hammer
a la caída del martillo, subastado

deemed
juzgar, creer

Starting bids
ofertas iniciales

a more sophisticated palette
un paladar más sofisticado

to fetch
venderse por, alcanzar el precio de

dispersed
dispersar



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