The Lovely Ladies tells the story of a group of wines who hear a rumour, on the eve of a Christie’s auction, that their champion Michael Broadbent is to leave the wine trade. ‘Who can entice him to celebrate their virtues once more?’ the programme asks. ‘Pompous, bombastic Bordeaux or urbane, girl-mad Champagne? Chateau d’Yquem knew him first, but who can compete wit the sultry, full-bodied Cotes du Rhone?’
Broadbent, apparently delighted with the performance, describes The Lovely Ladies as “a comic romp in the Gilbert and Sullivan tradition.”
There is apparently no truth to the rumor that, in the end, Mr. Broadbent gives his seal of approval to the oldest Bordeaux, who turns out to be an impostor concocted in a Paris basement. No truth at all.