favorable. As Sir Winston Churchill memorably said: “I could not live without champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.” Pol Roger of course named its top cuvée after the former prime minister: Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.
Whichever story is correct, the fact is that if you went into a wine store 25 years ago, champagne tended to be the most expensive wine on the shelf. But this has now changed; as prices of Bordeaux and Burgundy have rocketed, the cost of a decent bottle of champagne has remained relatively inexpensive. Today the market, although dominated by the Grandes Marques , offers affordable and delicious drinking. At auction we tend to see the prestige cuvées produced by the large champagne houses: Salon, Krug, Cristal, and of course Dom Pérignon. We often have direct-from-producer sales of champagne, as invariably the houses have decent stocks of mature wines stored in their own cellars. Outside of auction, it’s worth looking out for some of the smaller growers: A. R. Lenoble, Cédric Bouchard, and Benoît Lahaye. The choice is increasing and the quality-to-cost ratio is very
The wine exper t In praise of bubbles Chris Munro, Head of Wine Department, Americas, Christie’s New York Champagne has always been seen as the wine for celebration. It was invented around the year 1670 by a French monk who gave his name to the prestige brand of Moët & Chandon— Dom Pérignon. This is how the story goes, but was champagne actually an English invention? The English scientist Christopher Merrett documented the addition of sugar to create a secondary fermentation in a paper he presented to the Royal Society in 1662, six years before Dom Pérignon became a monk at Hautvillers Abbey. Christie’s Education NURTURING CONFIDENCE Christie’s Education launches The Young Collectors Club in London The Young Collectors Club was created to nurture and assist the growing young collectors’ movement, with the aim of helping members to establish and maintain an art collection that will grow with them through their lifetime. “Through monthly meetings, young collectors, and those thinking of establishing a collection, will be able to engage and network with like- minded individuals interested in finding out more about the current art market and share experiences,” says Glen Hardwick-Bruce, Programme
Celebratory: Four bottles of Dom Pérignon Rosé sold for £2,160/$2,899 in 2018.
Collecting the image: Christie’s Education students at the Venice Biennale 2019.
Director of Continuing Education at Christie’s Education London. “By educating and introducing them to various collecting categories, we believe that we play an important role in giving our audience the confidence to break into the art world.”
The Young Collectors Club will offer its members a wide range of art-related events and talks with art advisors, artists, collection managers, funds, gallerists, Christie’s specialists, and other young collectors. christies.edu/youngcollectorsclub
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