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Looking for a decent bottle of champagne... interested in recommendations.
“Route 1, where everybody meets.” ~Nick Faust #5
Any particular type or are they all the same?
Real mans don't drink champagne unless it provided free to them for a toast.
How much do you want to spend?
Can't go wrong with Freixenet. $10 a bottle. It's spanish, so not technically champagne, but whatevs.
If you want something to impress teh ladies, the orange label of Veuve Clicquot never fails.
Fellas on the left, ladies on the right
I guess less than $50. It is for a celebration.
Wife and I were in Riems 3 months ago. We visited the "caves" (actually they're ancient Roman salt mines deep underground) at several of the major houses in town, and a few mom & pop ones outside the city. We found some wonderful Champagnes out of town but these don't export to the U.S. so I'll skip them here.
By far our favorite bottles from the major labels were all from Mumm. Their best IMO is the Blanc du Noir, which went for 70 Euros on site (not sure how much here) but they also had some wonderful less expensive bottles. Check your store shelves for *anything* made by Mumm.
Other than that, honestly, we thought Taittinger was "okay" but not as good as many California sparkling wines we've had on trips there; and everything else we tried was equal or below.
If you're not married to the word "Champagne" (which means sparkling wines from Reims and the surrounding region in France), I think you'll get much better juice at your price point by looking at Sonoma County ("J" is my favorite, and distributed here I believe).
J Vineyards and Winery crafts cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wines from the finest Russian River Valley fruit using thoughtful winemaking that respects the unique terroir.
Thanks! Excellent feedback...
Veuve Cliquot is a great bottle for a little less than $50. The wifey and I drank a bunch of it when we got engaged. Great stuff.
"roomers are for bitches and bitches get fucked up."
If you don't mind spending a bit, then get Veuve Cliquot yellow label. It's not too expensive ($40-$50) and absolutely wonderful.
My favorite, though I've never had any of the VERY expensive champagnes, is Billecart Salmon Brut Rose, but it's a little more expensive (about $75 or so).
Blanc de Noirs are in my opinion the best Champagne grape. If you want a great bottle, Perrier Jouet is a very nice and the as Fwah said, Piper Heidseck is also very good. Veuve Clicquot is a great medium priced champagne.
Cristal or Ace of Spades. That many rich black people can't be wrong.
try this bargain
bottomless brunches ftw
The standard bearer at your price point.
coltsfancaliber trolling effort. A+
I like Taittenger Brut for celebrations...but it'll cost a little over $60 most places...
That's funny, that's the first one I thought of as the worst when I read the thread title. It was like liquid sodium bisulfite.
Meh, different strokes.
We visited them (Louis Roederer) too when we were in Reims. Maybe a matter of personal preference, and to be fair they weren't pouring absolutely everything in the tasting room, but we thought their stuff was too yeasty and (surprisingly) at the same time, totally lifeless. Their most expensive juice that we sampled appealed to us far less than Mumm's cheapest bottles. Do not want.
Or if you mean the California "Roederer" (Roederer Estate), nvm. I've never had it.
edit: This reminds me, BE CAREFUL, there are a few Champagne houses whose names also appear on California wineries. In the case of Roederer, the French company owns the U.S. winery. There's a "Chandon" in Napa which may or may not have anything to do with Moet... I think there's even a California "Mumm" too. Maybe others. I'm not saying the domestics are bad, they just aren't the same as Champagne so please don't transfer the reviews uncritically.
This post was edited by Cremesicle 19 months ago
There are some great cavas out there (sparkling wine from Spain) and some expensive ones that are a still bargain compared to Champagne. I really like Frex for parties b/c it's cheap, and it does just fine in mimosas and kir royales. Personally I wouldn't drink it straight, unless it's my ninth glass and I'm too hammered to taste the difference.
The best moderately-priced bottle I've ever had was a Philipponnat Brut Royale Réserve. Phillipponnat is famous for its Clos des Goisses, but this one was really really good.
Veuve Cliquot would be my under $50 answer.
If anyone is looking for a decent "cheap" bottle for the holiday's I recommend Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut. I can usually find it for about $12.99/bottle but occasionally I see it for $9.99. I prefer it to Freixenet.
(I'm not buying the blind taste test I linked below...I think some Americans might pick it over Dom it in a blind test because it is slightly (very slightly) sweet....)
$12 Domaine Ste Michelle Defeats Dom Perignon in a Blind Taste Test for the Second Time in a Row!
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