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My Champagne experience is limited to 1 bottle of Moet and Chandon. Pretty sure I paid around $40 for the bottle if that helps figure out what it was.

I'm just looking for some recs. that would exemplify what good Champage tastes like. I don't want to break the bank doing it but realize that quality comes with a price. I appreciate everyones feedback.

Indybob, I'd probably lean more towards the toasty/nutty/ yeasty side.
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Originally posted by indybob:
vinoman7, have you found that you favor Champagne toward the toasty/nutty/yeasty side, or the brighter/zestier side? How about sweetness? And, what Champagnes/sparklers have you enjoyed in the past?


Great question! I was gonna ask that.

As with anything, it's about pricepoint for me. Since it seems that you like a bit of flavor to your champagnes (versus just crisp and sharp)

Sub $40
N.V. Godmé Père et Fils Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru (great little rose)
Camille Savès Champagne Brut
Delamotte: always a nicely priced bottle for what is inside it, especially in a year where Salon is not made (and if you wanna try something on the more crisp side)

Betwen $40 and 80 there is a lot more to chose from but I really like

H. Billiot "Brut Reserve" Champagne (around $50)
Joseph Perrier Champagne Cuvée Josephine (vintage last one I had was 1995) Beautiful bottle and champagne. (aorund $70-$80)

I love and for a while because of where I was living, I would have a bottle of it every night. Lovely stuff.
vinoman7,

I have limited Champy experience (compared with many on these boards), but I've found that I greatly prefer the same yeasty/nutty/toasty qualities that you do.

Although they may be out there, none of the N.V. sparklers have enough of this character for me, only vintage ones do.

See if you can find some 1998 Jacquart Mosaique. It's available for under $50, and has a really nice toast to it. Also, keep your eye out for sales. I scored a few bottles of 1985 Heidsieck "Charlie" a couple of years ago (long since gone), for $80 per (wtso.com), which is a crazy price for wine of this caliber. WTSO.com is good to monitor, plus the various auction sites.
IB makes a very good point. Keep your eyes open for the extraordinary opportunities (but that also applies to many, many wines on the market today). Picking up Heidsieck 'Charley' for that price was worth every penny spent.

Thanks to some very generous friends, and a serious compulsion to purchase great wine, I've been fortunate to enjoy the extremes of the Champagne quality scale on many occasions.

Today, while I greatly enjoy several vintage Champagnes they are also, admittedly, quite expensive. I've been finding myself selecting (and very much enjoying) the NV Bruno Paillard. You can find these right now in magnum format (always the preference Cool trust me on this) at Flickengers in Chicago for $89. A screaming great deal.

You can thank me later. Smile

The NV Bollinger is another very good Champagne at a realistic price.
Charles Heidsieck mis en cave is always consistent. Billecart Salmon is also great and their NV Rose is particularly fine.

Pol Roger white foil is a lovely elegant bottling whereas for something more fully bodied then Roederer or Bollinger are hard to beat.

Remember that even NV can age, personally I like all my champagnes with bottle age for 12-18 months. The 1990 Billecart Salmon NF Cuvee I opened last month was a beautiful and intense expression of champagne with significant bottle age.
Vintage Nicolas Feuillatte Grand Cru wines are often a great way to get into some aged champagne at a reasonable price and are of the more "brown" type of champagne (my personal decriptor of the nutty/yeasty/toasty/brown butter/spicy champagnes as opposed to lemon/acid/green apple zingers).

I've gone through a bunch of 1997 Grand Cru Chouilly and Ambonnay wines of theirs that were under $50 from the LCBO (so they HAVE to cheaper state side).
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There's a tremendous amount of excellent Champagne being produced. We tasted a bunch at Philipponnat, Henri Goutorbe, Les Demoisselles, Pommery, and de Telmont, as well as a glass or two in restaurants. Everything we tried was worth purchasing. It's not easy to find bad Champagne.

I expect to be back in Champagne again next summer and look forward to trying a number of other Champagnes, including ones not imported into the US. We wanted to visit Raoul Collet 3 months ago, but they were closed in August.
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Originally posted by Winetech:
Do you think that the 96 Cuvee des Enchanteleurs is worth the extra tariff when compared to the Millésimé? I've had the 95, but not the 96, and have been playing with the idea of picking up some of the 96.

Thanks!


The Henriot 96 is VERY good. I don't see a huge different with the CdE, especially since I usually drink it with food.
In one case, in a blind tasting, I even liked the Millesime more than the cuvee.
Said that, I just bought 2 Cuvee des Enchanteleurs because I found them at a reasonable price, i.e. about $40 more than the millesime.
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Originally posted by Lakersguy:
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Originally posted by Winetech:
Do you think that the 96 Cuvee des Enchanteleurs is worth the extra tariff when compared to the Millésimé? I've had the 95, but not the 96, and have been playing with the idea of picking up some of the 96.

Thanks!

Yes!


On other vintages, I'd agree with you. On the '96 we'll have to agree to disagree Smile

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