Q: I have a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Champagne Cristal 1989. Any idea of its value? -- Christina Pstrag
A: According to the Wine Spectator auction index for the fourth quarter of 2008, your bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Champagne Cristal 1989 is worth $284. That's down 25 percent from the previous quarter — a reflection of the recessionary economy on fine wine prices. However, you should know that the 1989 vintage is at its peak, so rather than waiting for an upturn in the economy, I'd create a special occasion by uncorking it soon.
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