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Pair were handed £66,778.91 and £64,279.70 bar tabs after ordering bottles of Cristal champagne and Dom Perignon.

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They call it 'antidote', 'the rush without a low'. You may know it as champagne. Katie Sampson on how bubbly went clubbly

The label is everything

For Bernard Arnault, quality comes before cost. That's why he's ready to pay over pounds 100m for a small French vineyard. Why?

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KATHRYN McWHIRTER ON SUMMER BARGAINS

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Wine: Pop goes the millennium

If every man and woman in the world were to down a glass of champagne on New Year's Eve, 1999, a night's global decadence would swallow up the equivalent of two harvests of champagne. A big if, but, with a way yet to go to the big party, the first buzz of millennium fever is in the air. Already, Alain Thienot, a small champagne house, has been asked for a quotation on 1,000 cases of its as-yet-unreleased 1995 vintage. Krug, the Rolls-Royce of champagne, is said to have sold pounds 250,000-worth of the 1985 vintage to a punter who's "taking a position" on the millennium.

fine wine

Not all great wines are expensive - not all expensive wines are great. Kathryn McWhirter takes her pick of top-price wines and commends some more affordable bottles that deliver the taste of luxury

Cracking champagne

Most of the grandes marques are making better wine than they have for a decade or more

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Proton's force to lift Magnum

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wine: Brave new fizz

Champagne's world conquest; The upstart often compares favourably in the value-for-money stakes with the senior partner

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Q&A

Ad volley opens champagne war

THIS weekend the champagne house Moet & Chandon is launching the first advertising campaign in its 251-year history. It is an unusual move in the conservative champagne industry, and one that has forced other producers into an advertising battle to boost awareness of their own brands.

Racing: Green collects for Cole

PAUL COLE, the leading British trainer overseas last year, picked up another valuable prize on the continent yesterday when Green Perfume took the Group Two Moet & Chandon-Rennen at Baden-Baden.
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