Will wonders never cease? Champagne maker Moët & Chandon is releasing six-packs of its savory champagne, for your night (or day) drinking pleasure during this hot, hot summer. Called the Moët Mini Share Pack, it brings six 187 mL bottles of Imperial Brut bubbly. The price is currently $99.95.
Each pack brings not just the bottles, but the “sippers”, which I’m guessing are those funnel thingies attached to the neck of the bottle in the picture. (I can tell you that if I get my hands on one of these, I’ll skip the sipper and drink it, caveman-style, right out of the bottle. The sipper will just make me spill it all over my face).
Is This A Good Deal?
While I like Moët as much as the next person, I will not be buying these, because it is a bad deal. Let’s do some back-of-the-envelope math:
Total Wine will sell me one 187 mL bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut for $14.99. That means that six of those cost $89.94. However, the six-pack costs $99.95. Therefore, I would be paying $10.01 for the carton and for the sippers. No thanks Moët and no thanks Chandon.
Even worse, a standard 750 mL bottle costs about $39.97. That’s about 5.3 cents per mL. The six pack has 1,122 mL (or 1.122 liters). The cost per mL there is about 8.9 cents. That’s well over a 50% premium. Pleasing to the palate, painful to the wallet.
The only exception I can come up with is if you need the champagne in small amounts for limited drinking (perhaps for champagne cocktails like mimosas), and don’t want to open up the normal bottles and leave them, partly consumed, in your fridge.
Better Bang For Your Buck
That said, if you must drink Moët, I would just buy the 750 mL bottles (there is a 1.5 liter bottle, but it is ridiculously priced at about $119.99). However, I think you can get even more for your money by going for Laurent Perrier (if nothing but true Champagne will do) or, better yet, a darn good sparkling wine like Louis Bouillot Perle d’ Aurore Rosé.
As they say, not all that glitters is gold.