In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)

In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)… and guess who foots the 55,000 bill Whitehall functions enjoy 5,000 bottles of wine and spirits in the last yearBill includes a 1906 bottle of Hine Grande Fine brandy worth 1,472Critics say officials should opt for 'modestly' priced drinks By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 18:15 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:48 GMT, 7 February 2013 GUests at Whitehall functions enjoyed 1,000 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1982, an older vintage than the bottle pictured Bottles of vintage wine worth more than 1,100 each have been quaffed at government parties at taxpayers' expense. Guests at official Whitehall functions were treated to 23 bottles of a 1982 vintage Chateau Margaux Bordeaux, which sells for up to 1,100 a bottle.

Chateau de Bellevue: Bungling builders bulldoze 18th-century French chateau by mistake

Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by MISTAKE… after its millionaire owner told them to demolish a small outhouse on its estateChateau de Bellevue, near Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircasesThen its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former gloryBut the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle, leaving the outhouse completely untouched | UPDATED: 18:24 GMT, 5 December 2012 Blundering builders mistakenly bulldozed an 18th-century chateau in the heart of France's picturesque wine country – when they were only supposed to knock down an outhouse on its estate.