There are a few reasons behind the luxury price-tag that is found with Champagnes.
Champagne is Expensive Because of Where It’s Grown
Firstly, let’s consider the place itself. Champagne is one of the smallest wine regions in the world, totaling 76,000 acres. There is simply only so much land that the grapes can be grown on, and thus only so much wine that can be made. Champagne represents less than one percent of the world’s total wine production, and less than ten percent of the sparkling wine produced globally.
Champagne Production is Costly
Secondly, costs tend to be high due to the unique and meticulous craftsmanship that goes into the wine. In Champagne, each of the unique details of production are considered and regulated by law. From the methods of hand-harvesting the grapes, to measuring the volume of juice pressed off how many kilos of grapes, to the minimum amount of time the bottles are allowed to rest in the cellars (15 mo.).
These are a few of the reasons why you will never see a bargain-priced bottle of true Champagne – they simply do not exist!