Champagne – It’s a Gas!

In tough times even luxury products can become commodities, but who would ever have thought that Champagne would be treated like gasoline? (You’ll be familiar with the typical Australian practise where petrol is sold at a certain price at the beginning of the week and then the price shoots up on the weekend).

Last Sunday the average price of Champagnes at Dan Murphys was between $5 -$15 more per bottle than on my previous visit – the Wednesday just before Easter (eg Lanson @ $45 up from $40 and Veuve Cliquot @ $70 up from $60). Down under 90% of wine sold in bottle shops may be consumed within 20 minutes of purchase – but there’s definite value in planning ahead with your Champagne purchases at least!

Thankfully there is always at least one major Champagne house at bargain prices chez Dan Murphy. This week it just happens to be Taittinger NV ( 42% Pinot Noir, 20 % Pinot Meunier, 38% Chardonnay, light gold in colour with a fruity honeyed palate thats very approachable) – this is a fabulous example of non vintage Champagne – a real steal at only $55 per bottle.

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