Total Wine charges $199.97 for a 2006 bottle of Roederer Cristal as of September 2014. Each retailer sets its own price, ranging from $100 to over $600 a bottle. Prices for Cristal champagne vary based on a number of factors, including the year of the bottle, the ingredients and the retailer.
Cristal was created by Louis Roederer in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The bottle was clear with no indentation at the bottom due to the Tsar's fear of assassination attempts. The clean bottle ensured poison could not be put in the champagne, and the lack of indentation prevented weapons from being stored in the bottle.
Cristal is one of the most expensive bottles of champagne in the world because of the work that goes into its creation. The grapes used to make Cristal are sourced from vines that must be at least 25 to 30 years old. The price for Cristal skyrockets in nightclubs, where a bottle can cost $2,000 or more.
Cristal gained popularity in the 1990s and 2000s when it was mentioned in songs by rappers such as Jay-Z and Kanye West. However in 2006, Jay-Z boycotted Cristal because of comments made by Frederic Rouzaud, the managing director of Louis Roederer.