recommend a moderately priced champagne

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  1. b1513
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    Okay, I do love Dom but how about some recommendations for a mid priced champagne in the $50-$60 range?
     
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    Love Pol Roger, very tasty and rich, dry, champagne (floral and apples) and the price is not bad either, on sale for $35 - $45.
    Pol Roger Extra Cuvee Reserve Brut
     
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    You can always try Prosecco as well....
     
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    I was going to suggest the same thing. I've had several nice, dry Prosecco's under your budget ---don't think I have any in the house now, but could take a look and see what I've purchased.
     
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    Thank you for the suggestions.
     
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    Pol Roger is very good suggestion. There are many other brands that are brilliant and cheap compared to main houses, but you usually do not get them outside of France. My favourite ones are Rose and Brut from Champagne Guillaume Rieger that can be bough for under 15 Euro directly from them. I do it everytime I am in Europe [​IMG] for holidays, which is every May/June...
     
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    And back to prosecco for a second---a friend in california tells me there is a very drinkable on at Trader Joe's. My TJ's can't sell liquor because of county regs, but perhaps someone luckier can chime in.
     
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    $50-$60? I really like Ruinart. Pol Roger is also good. I think that Lanson is good at an even lower price point. Also like Guy Charlemagne.

    Among other sparkling wines, I really like Roederer Estate and Argyle. Chateau Ste Michelle is, to my mind, the best in the $10-$15 range.
     
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    Not a champagne, but at US$20, J Sparkling Wine is my go to for not so expensive bubbles.
     
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    I think Nocolas Feuillate Blue label Brut is the best Champagne buy in the US at the moment. Wine.com has it for $24.99 http://www.wine.com/v6/wineshop/Detail.aspx?product_id=12927&mode=xfer

    I drink it often in France because it is a very reasonably priced very good champagne. I'll let the formal reviewers add the verbiage. If it need not be Champagne there are many other choices too, but when this is only $25 why not?
     
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    from what I understand the Kirkland brand (at Costco) is quite a good value for the quality. Don't know if it is sparkling wine or champers, and I've never personally had it as I'm usually the driver.
     
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    I like Schramsberg, and they're in the high $20s.
     
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    You cannot be serious. Who drinks that rubbish?
     
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    ???????????????????????????
     
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    My translation may be off, but I think those "???"'s mean "more than a few of us here." Forgive me if I'm wrong.

    I find a lot of prosecco's to be better tasting than the less expensive champagnes, but, obviously, not everyone agrees.
    Perhaps a taste test is in order....who's buying?
     
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    Veuve Clicquot

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    At the high end of that range, Veuve Clicquot Rose.

    Also a fan of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc and Bollinger (they have a couple in that range). Pol Roger or Nicolas Feuillate Rose are nice and at the lower end of your range.

    If you are more about the bubbles than needing it to be "champagne", I am a fan of the Etoile production from Domaine Chandon in the US. Both the blanc de blanc and rose are regulars on my rotation at home.

    The "new" one we've been drinking a lot of late lately is Domaine Carneros Ultra Brut. You can get this one at $36 from their wine shop. It drinks like a fun younger sister of their $85 Le Reve Blanc de Blanc. I t hink it's amazing value for the price.
     
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    thanks for the review. I've seen these, but haven't tried. If it passes your bubbles test, I know I'll like it.
     
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    I agree: Champagne: Pol Roger and Veuve Clicquot. California Sparkling: Domaine Chandon. Prosecco: Ca' Furlan, a fantastic, value Prosecco.
     
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    You are right- I do like champagne, however prosecco and franciacorta are also excellent choices. It really depends. A good processco is Nino Franco for example, and a Great franciacorta is Bella Vista brut.
     
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    Beaumont des Crayeres Brut is fantastic and fits within the budget.
     
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    You might want to check a nice Crémant de Bourgogne or other Crémant - some are of decent Champagne - comparable quality at a fraction of the price. I'm no expert on brands, but a $15 crémant can often be as good as something in the $30 to $50 Champagne range.
     
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    Why not get yourself to Pigra in Lombardy, settle into the pub, get a prosecco that is on tap, order one of the nicer pizzas you will get and enjoy the great spot above Lake Como
     
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    It might go well with pizza in Pigra, but to offer Prosecco as an alternative for Champagne is simply (IMHO) crazy.
     

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