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Who knew Charlie Sheen was such an oenophile? Actually, we still don't know that. But we do know that before Sheen got arrested last week, in a suite at The Plaza Hotel (accompanied by a porn star), he was drinking some pretty fine wine.
According to TMZ.com, it was a 1959 Grand Vin de Château Latour, in fact. And not one bottle but two, listed at $5,900 each on the wine list at restaurant Daniel. That's a hefty price to pay when you don't end up with a pleasant wine buzz. Instead, Sheen ended up naked in the restaurant bathroom, where a member of his entourage found him with his pants down, in a failed attempt to woo his dinner companion, porn star Capri Anderson (also known as Christina Walsh) into the loo for sex. Later that night, he was arrested in his hotel suite (which cost $1,000 per) for fueling a rampage that sent Capri Anderson lunging for the phone in a cry for help. The next bill Sheen chalked up: an estimated $7,000 in room damages.
We hope Sheen -- who portrays "Charlie Harper" on the CBS television sitcom "Two And A Half Men"-- doesn't say this gem of a wine made him do it. He was reportedly downing glasses of the Grand Vin with shots of vodka. Ouch.
This is not a wine (nor is any wine, really) made for mixing with Stoli. From a first-growth winery in the Médoc region of France, just northwest of Bordeaux, the Grand Vin de Château Latour is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and between 2 to 3% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
What Sheen and Anderson were eating with the precious wine, we haven't a clue. Maybe chef/owner Daniel Boulud served up his duo of Florida frog legs with a side of chanterelles and "crispy lollipops." Or a guinea cornish hen with honeycrisp apple. Perhaps Sheen spoon-fed Anderson a dessert of Boulud's pumpkin custard with speculaas (that's a biscuit).
Then it all went wrong. So much for that Wine Spectator cover.
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