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Hello,

I have six bottles of this Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Champagne. The label says 1975. On the back label of the bottle, it states that this was a special champagne intended for Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding.

I was hoping you could give me a little guidance as to what the collector market and value for a bottle like this would be worth.

I have attached photos.

Thank you

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HI Pete

Yep--this is famous stuff.  But it's getting a bit old now...and It wasnt' made to age forever; it was made to drink at the wedding!  Unless it has been stored in perfect conditions: very cool, dark, and quiet, it well be past its prime.  Even the best Champagnes begin to show their age after twenty-five years, and this one is now beyond that point.

I wish I could tell you that it was fabulously valuable, but wine collectors haven't really searched this one out.  YOu might get a Princess Di fan to pay more, but I doubt you could sell this for $100 a bottle to a wine connnoisseur.

It is also illegal in the USA for private individuals to sell alcoholic beverages...so that would complicate matters.  Even in the UK, I think you'd need to go through a retailer or auction house---and they would collect a sizeable commission.

Sorry that I can't give you better news.

Paul Wagner  

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.

Experience

30 years in the business.

Organizations
Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Publications
Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

Education/Credentials
I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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