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Christoph Waltz's Five Rules for Drinking Champagne

"If you’re not prepared to appreciate what you have in your glass, then I advise you to drink beer."
Christoph Waltz attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Royal Opera House.

Christoph Waltz attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Royal Opera House.

Photographer: rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images

In the world of Champagne, the harvest of 1998 was what you call a slow burn. At first bedeviled by a weightless quality, it failed to impress the critics. But as it has aged over time, the vintage has taken on a sweet yellow fruit-and-bready character. In the meantime, the flavors have grown more and more popular among consumers and critics alike.  

This fall, Dom Pérignon is releasing a selection of its 1998 vintage called P2 ($399.95), short for the “Second Plenitude,” which is basically a fancy way of saying the wine has been aged for a minimum of 12 years. (The First Plenitude is a minimum of 7 years; the Third Plenitude is fermented at least 20 years.)