Reply to "Should I buy 1999 or 2000 Dom Perignon? Or Moët et Chandon? Veuve Clicquot? Help!"

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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by WineGuy2008:
Help me understand the higher end Champagne.

Which is a better year for Dom Perignon? I saw both the 1999 and 2000 on sale, both for around $130 each. Or should I buy a cheaper Champagne like Veuve Clicquot or maybe Moet et Chandon? They are under $50.


Mostly, though, I would go to a store that specializes in Grower-Producer Champagnes and befriend the owners so that you can be guided through all the different styles.

Fantastic tip from Winetarelli.

If you're truly interested to have a wig-blowing experience rather than a prestige experience, the grower fizz is the way to go.

Any competent shop should be able to put you hip for that kind of coin-- e.g. Vilmart "Cuvée Creation"-- but if they need help, tell 'em you're looking for a téte de cuvée from someone in the Wasserman or Thiese portfolios, or at least a "Special Club" bottling from one of the growers (e.g. Vazart Coquart)...

That said, nothing elicits the admiration of others like Dom Perignon!
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