It may be the dominance of Bordeaux over Burgundy which was responsible for the number of first class degrees awarded to the student members of the part-time staff in Wilde’s last year – seven out of ten, with the other three gaining 2:1s.
And it may also be the reason for the correlation between first class degrees and expenditure on the cellars of Cambridge colleges: the number of firsts increases as the amount spent on wine increases, according to a recent study by a Churchill alumnus with not very much else to do. (There is the odd anomaly, of course. King’s has the biggest budget but falls below the mean; and dear old Sidney Sussex has a very decent budget, but less than decent results, as does Gonville & Caius.)
Overall, however, correlation, if not causation, is clear, with the hundreds of thousands of pounds “invested” by Trinity paying off handsomely.
I wonder, however, what we are to make of the Government’s notes on the 36,527 bottles stored in the cellars under Lancaster House to oil the wheels of international diplomacy.
The finest, according to the Government Wine Committee, is a Corton Grand Cru Côte de Beaune 1961, which is described as a “national treasure”, and is clearly served only for those held in high regard by Cameron and his friends, who were of course used to the finest of fine wines as members of the Bullingdon Club.
“Use with extreme caution for Heads of State” reads the note. President Hollande was bought a pint of ale in Cameron’s local.
Point made and probably taken.
He should have brought him to Wilde's. We have no Corton '61, but we have some very tolerable clarets on the list which might have worked wonders for their intellectual development as well as for the entente cordiale.