Wine taster insures nose for £4 millionBespoke policy covers loss of sense of smell

19 March 2008

Wine

A leading European wine maker and taster has insured his nose for 5 million euros (£3.9 million), the Lloyd's of London insurance market has revealed.

Ilja Gort, the Dutch owner of Chateau de la Garde in Bordeaux, France, and the producer of Tulipe Wines, has taken out a bespoke policy to cover the loss of his nose and sense of smell.

Mr Gort said his nose was his most important asset, as a good sense of smell was essential to guarantee the constant quality of his wines.

Different scents

While the tongue has only five areas of taste, the nose can distinguish millions of different scents, he added.

Jonathan Thomas, lead underwriter at Watkins Syndicate who co-insured the policy with Allianz Nederland, said: 'This certainly is an insurance policy not to be sniffed at.

'The nose and sense of smell of a winemaker are as important as the fingers of a chef.

'We are delighted to have been able to create a bespoke policy that covers Mr Gort and continues Lloyd's reputation for covering specialist risks.'

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