Collecting Vintage Champagne

Stocking up on bottles of bubbly born in robust years—specifically, at the moment, from 1996—takes a little thought and a lot of tasting.

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“One of the biggest mistakes for budding collectors is just buying 99-point wine from certain reviewers,” says Per Holmberg, head of American wine sales at Christie’s. “The key is to taste a lot and figure out what you like.” Even though vintage Champagne varies, house styles are still discernible.