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I have a normal size bottle of Hankey Bannister & Co Champagne described as Dry, Crown Reserve, Epernay. Code M.A.2 618.029
Produce of France.
This is an aged bottle with full seal in place
Does it have any value and is it drinkable ?
I await your response with thanks


Hi Norman,

I think your bottle dates from the 50s or 60s, when HB was owned by the merchants Saccone & Speed, as they are now a whisky producer.

(The code MA means: Marque auxiliaire or Marque d'acheteur; a brand name unrelated to the producer or grower but owned by someone else, usually a BOB or Buyer's Own Brand.)

Thus this was never a great Champagne and it's decades past its best now so I doubt that you'd find pleasure from drinking it.

It would be very difficult to sell so I'm afraid it's effectively worthless.




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