Everyone wants cheap Cristal champagne – but the drink ranks with diamonds, top of the range cars and a luxury home.
That means if you have to ask the price, you can’t really afford to drink Louis Roederer’s champagne in that iconic clear bottle with a yellow cellophane wrap and gold branding.
Cheap Cristal champagne is a misnomer – by the nature of the brand, it’s all expensive but you might find a bottle or two of Cristal at ‘best price’ if you search long enough and hard enough.
You may save a few pounds, but if you can afford to drink Cristal champagne, you are probably not that worried about how much you pay for one of the world’s finest wines.
It’s like buying a Ferrari while counting the pennies to pay for fuel and insurance.
Champagne lovers can pay up to £10,000 for a six-litre Methuselah bottle of Cristal from Harrod’s in London’s West End, as one of just 10 allocated to the UK market.
For drinkers of more modest means, a standard bottle of Cristal champagne starts at around £125 – £150.
Comparing prices is not straightforward – you have to consider vintage and volume.
Some years provide a bumper grape harvest that leads to increased production. The law of supply and demand can push the price down for that year.
Then comes taste. Louis Roederer’s finest Cristal champagne may be the drink of choice for rappers, movie stars and the wealthy, but the taste may just not be to your palate regardless of the cost.
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