Champagne has seen good activity in 2015, taking 6.1% of the year’s trade so far: up from 2.8% in 2014. This has largely been due to a string of releases, including Dom Perigonon 2006, Pol Roger 2004 and Cristal 2007. In July this year Antonio Galloni called the last of these “without question one of the very finest releases of the year” and awarded it 97+.

As we explored in a recent Cellar Watch Market Report, Champagne is typically produced in large quantities, and prices plateau when it enters the market. As shown in the chart above, they then rise after several years as the wine is drunk and becomes scarce. With this in mind, Cristal 2007 – with a high score and Market Price of £1,040, cheaper than all other vintages – may well look interesting to Champagne lovers.