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    Champagne, by the numbers

    How much of the bubbly stuff do Bostonians drink? The lowdown on the classic drink.

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    > 447,000 — Number of 9-liter cases of sparkling wine/champagne sold in the Boston area in 2014

    > 5 — Where the Boston area ranks nationally for purchases of sparkling wine/champagne

    > 19,152,709 — Number of bottles of champagne imported to the United States from Champagne, France, in 2014

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    > 40%Percentage of champagne sales in the United States that occur between October and December

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    > 15 million — Estimated number of bubbles in a flute of champagne

    > 45 degrees — Ideal temperature for serving champagne

    > 45 degrees — Ideal angle for holding a bottle before popping the cork

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    Roger Moore (left) as James Bond.

    > $1,650 — Price of L’Espalier’s most expensive champagne, a 1990 Salon “Le Mesnil” Blanc de Blancs Brut

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    > 40 — Varieties of champagne that will be available at L’Espalier on New Year’s Eve

    > $2.07 million — Price of the world’s most expensive bottle of champagne, which comes encrusted with Swarovski crystals

    > $300 — Price of the most expensive bottle of champagne at Top Shelf liquor store on Beacon Hill

    “Maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon ’52 can’t be all bad.”  — Roger Moore as James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me

    Sources: WineInstitute.org; wine-tasting-reviews.com; L’Espalier Boston; BusinessInsider.com; American Chemical Society; www.champagne.fr; IMDb