Buying champagne for New Year’s Eve? These are the best vintages of the last 100 years.

Christie’s—the venerable, global auction house—says when buying Champagne, it’s important to understand not only which vintages are great, but also why. In addition to articles and videos, their specialists share the top vintages produced over the past century. It’s a great read and educational in a fun way.

They note that with climate change the Champagne industry is changing rapidly. Sparkling wine production is now possible as far north as southern England, and Champagne itself has seen a string of roller-coaster vintages during the past decade.

“Nevertheless, they say, “a Champagne’s vintage remains one of the most important factors for collectors and lovers of aged Champagne.” Here, their specialists share a selection of outstanding vintages from the past century, as well as why each will uniquely appeal to different buyers’ tastes.

Christie’s Champagne Buyers’ Guide.

“Winemaking is about doing as little as possible…”

Christie’s specialist Tim Tiptree explains the difference between non-vintage and vintage Champagne, the meaning of a Salon or Blanc de Blancs Champagne, and more.

Here’s a link to a companion article and video I enjoy.

Christie’s How To Buy Champagne—an Expert Guide.

Finally, serving temperature should be a consideration for both those offering and drinking the bubbly. Chilled vintage Champagne often doesn’t reveal its full bouquet. If you’re presented with an ice-cold glass of top Champagne, leave it to warm a little before drinking it. 

Christie’s has a universal message that applies to $10 bottles or one that might set you back more than $10,000, “Of course, when opening Champagne, the key is to not hit someone in the eye with the flying cork!”

Here’s to a spectacular 2022, everyone! And as always, if you enjoy my posts, feel free to share them.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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