Bubbly for sale for billionaires

March 20, 2008 8:47:55 AM PDT
The world's super-rich are shelling out big bucks for the latest limited-edition deluxe offering: Champagne that costs $6,300 a bottle. Or, $79,000 for a case of 12. The Perrier-Jouet officially goes on sale today after a glitzy launch party in Paris.

Many of the 100 box sets available have already been snapped up by celebrities, including former Bond girl Sophie Marceau and singer Marianne Faithful. The bubbly is tailor-made through the addition of liqueur, a combination of sugar and wines from different years.

Large Champagne houses are enjoying booming demand from a growing class of people with new money in countries such as Russia and China.