People are apparently upset that Beyoncé dumped what’s rumored to be a $20,000 bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne into a hot tub during the filming of her Nicki Minaj collabo, “Feeling Myself.”
But it is dumb to be mad at Beyoncé, because that wine didn’t really cost $20,000, and even if it did, it would have been more expensive for her not to pour it out and frolic in the bubbles.
The case against Bey is predicated on the sketchy assumption that she actually spent $20,000 on champagne instead of throwing that money off a balcony to be fought over by the starving peasants below (or donating it to a reputable nonprofit that she personally researched, or paying off your student loans, or whatever).
Nope! A bottle of Armand de Brignac—a.k.a “Ace of Spades”—retails for about $300. The image floating around showing a $20,000 price tag for a blanc de noirs appears to be a Photoshop of Forbes’ 2014 list of the most expensive champagnes. Someone pasted a photo of Ace’s blanc de blancs (about $300) over the most expensive bottle on the list: Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 (which, incidentally, only costs $2,000 and is made from a completely different grape). Whoever manipulated the photo changed the name to “Armand de Brignac” and inflated the price to $20,000, but didn’t change the copy, which doesn’t describe any product Ace has ever sold.
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