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The Best Champagne Quotes from the Rich and Famous

Feb 10, 2021 | Wine

The Bacchanalian household had cause to celebrate last month with the arrival of a baby little girl.

Bacchanalian towers will never be the same again. The Bacchanalian feasts will have put on hold for the time being, as of course, no-one legally hold a feast with the latest pandemic lockdown in action.

Still, we can celebrate in a small way, and what better way than with a glass of bubbly?

There’s only one sparking wine which really cuts it for such an event – and that’s Champagne.

No other drink has quite captured the imagination of history’s famous figures than Champagne, with it inspiring lots of fantastic quotes.

Here’s a few I enjoyed while toasting our new arrival.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”
Mark Twain, author

“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”
Lily Bollinger, proprietor of French Champagne house Bollinger

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”
Dom Pierre Pérignon, Benedictine monk and founder of Dom Pérignon Champagne house.

These words appeared in an advertisement for Dom Pérignon Champagne in the 1890’s, and was apparently what he exclaimed when he invented Champagne.

“In victory you deserve Champagne, in defeat you need it.”
“I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate… and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself.”
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France

“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!”
“Champagne is the wine of civilisation and the oil of government.”
Winston Churchill, British prime minister

“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.”
Coco Chanel, founder of Chanel

“Champagne has the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife.”
Aldous Huxley, author

“I’m only a beer teetotaller, not a Champagne teetotaller.”
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

“Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?”
Noel Coward, English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer

“Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.”
Madame de Pompadour, chief mistress of Louis XV

“I’ll drink your champagne. I’ll drink every drop of it, I don’t care if it kills me.”
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, author

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”
Bette Davis, actress

Charles Dickens Champagne Quote

“Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.”
Charles Dickens, author

“Pleasure without champagne is purely artificial.”
Oscar Wilde, author

“Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I am tired.”
Brigitte Bardot, actress

“Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient champagne.”
Dorothy Parker, comedian

“Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector.”
Graham Greene, writer and journalist

“Champagne…it gives you the impression that every day is a Sunday.”
Marlena Dietrich, actress

“Burgundy makes you think of silly things; Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them.”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”
John Maynard Keynes

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Keith Greywood

Keith Greywood


I'm the Founder of Bacchanalian, a food and drink blog. I write about food and drink, with a keen focus on beer.
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