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It is undeniably difficult to grasp how much 15,000 champagnes is. I have tasted about 150,000 champagne bottles, so the vast majority are duplicates. 15,000 seems quite silly in that context.
Why do I try the same champagnes so often, one might ask. The reason, of course, is that the tastings I hold or visit usually consist of famous gems that you long to reacquaint yourself with or that are simply what people get their hands on. Even when I started my long champagne journey in 1986, however, I always made sure to try new varieties rather than try safe familiar cards if I had the opportunity out of pure curiosity. That curiosity has not gone away and I love to enter a new champagne universe as often as possible.