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Wine-loving France follows British lead on storing best vintages

Owners of fine bottles entrust them to private firms for safe keeping as prices surge

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The cellars at Montquartiers (above) were carved out some 20 years ago in chalk quarries about 200 years old. The site is naturally well-suited to preserving bottles.

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The cellars at Montquartiers (above) were carved out some 20 years ago in chalk quarries about 200 years old. The site is naturally well-suited to preserving bottles.

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IN wine-loving France, owners of fine bottles have ironically adopted a practice started in neighbouring Britain that helps ensure the old French adage, "life is too short to drink bad wine".

Britain's connoisseurs have long entrusted their best tipple to private firms for

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