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what is your valuation for a half bottle of veuve clieque champagne from 1934 please.

Hi Debbie,

It is always difficult to value old Champagne, for several reasons:

1: Much will depend on the condition of the bottle in terms of colour, labe, level and capsule - and it's difficult to see much value at all in one from '34 unless it's pristine.

2: It comes from a good but less-than-stellar vintage - which would limit its appeal at auction.

3: Halves don't keep as well as larger formats so collectors always treat them with caution.

Come back telling me whereabouts in the UK you are and I'll see if I know an auctioneer nearby who might be willing to appraise this.




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David Ling


I have 40 year`s experience tasting, collecting and enjoying wines as an amateur enthusiast. Bordeaux and Port are my particular loves and I regularly buy and sell at auction. I have a good library and frequently participate in on-line discussions. I can only help with valuations, buying or selling if you tell me where you live as there are many variations around the world.


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