prestige cuvée, one of several names given to a champagne house’s highest-quality wine. At one time the houses saw their non-vintage wine as their greatest expression. Vintage-dated champagne was added to the range and a premium usually charged for it. roederer’s Cristal bottling and moët & chandon’s named after Dom pérignon scaled new heights, however, and today most of the major champagne firms offer one such product, available—at a price and, often, in a specially created bottle—in limited quantity at the top of their range. Also sometimes known as de luxe or luxury cuvées.