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#1 Post by Nick F. » January 7th, 2019, 12:55 pm

Anyone have suggestions for Best Bargain champagne's? Both Rose and Standard?

Call it sub $40?
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#2 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » January 7th, 2019, 1:22 pm

Duc de Romet has been my go to in recent years. Sold by Skurnik so has a pretty wide national availability. Made by Jean-Baptiste Geffroy and 75% Meunier/25% Pinot Noir. It's a Negoce wine but the quality is there and can be found for as little as $25-30 depending on local pricing.

Recently I've been turned on to Champagne Autreau de Champillon. This is a Baron Francois Import, not sure about national availability.
There is a Premier Cru Brut and Extra Brut, a blend of all 3 main varieties, and a pretty good deal at $30-40.

I haven't had the Grand Cru wines yet, but there is a Brut and a Brut Rose which would likely top out at $40-45 on the shelf. Based on my experience with the Premier Cru wines I wouldn't hesitate to grab trial bottles. Hoping I can get one of my friends who works with them to get me some samples!

One brand I sell, Philippe Gonet, has a killer BdB Signature that can be anywhere from $35-45 on the shelf. Linear and great minerality. They have a fatter Grande Reserve that is a blend, which is about $40.
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#3 Post by Lee Barnard » January 7th, 2019, 1:22 pm

Pol Roger Brut is my go to.

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#4 Post by MBerto » January 7th, 2019, 1:33 pm

I find there's not a ton of "value" in champagnes at this price. Plenty of good wine, of course, but if you want a sparkling wine for less go domestic - or spend just a bit more on champers and get something really good. Marc Hebrart Brut Rose at $60 is practically a desert island wine for me.
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#5 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 7th, 2019, 1:46 pm

Vilmart GC is under $40. Great QPR.

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#6 Post by Shay_A » January 7th, 2019, 1:52 pm

Le Mesnil Blanc de Blanc grand Cru is a favorite of mine. Normally around $35-40. Here is a quick excerpt:

“This "Blanc De Blancs" Champagne is made by blending various parcels of Chardonnay specially selected for their finesse and ethereal qualities, giving the wine, complex and mouth-watering flavors, all from the vineyards of Le Mesnil, 100% Grand Cru.”
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#7 Post by Nick F. » January 7th, 2019, 1:58 pm

MBerto wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 1:33 pm
I find there's not a ton of "value" in champagnes at this price. Plenty of good wine, of course, but if you want a sparkling wine for less go domestic - or spend just a bit more on champers and get something really good. Marc Hebrart Brut Rose at $60 is practically a desert island wine for me.
Which are your go to domestic, Shramsberg?
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#8 Post by ybarselah » January 7th, 2019, 2:00 pm

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#9 Post by Michae1 P0wers » January 7th, 2019, 2:02 pm

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January 7th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Le Mesnil Blanc de Blanc grand Cru is a favorite of mine. Normally around $35-40. Here is a quick excerpt:

“This "Blanc De Blancs" Champagne is made by blending various parcels of Chardonnay specially selected for their finesse and ethereal qualities, giving the wine, complex and mouth-watering flavors, all from the vineyards of Le Mesnil, 100% Grand Cru.”
I also like this, and can get it locally (on sale with 6 bottle mixed purchase) for $34, making it a very good value. Some vacation in these but the good bottles can be excellent.

Agrapart 7 crus used to be under or at $40 but I never see it there anymore.

Sabine Godme brut Reserve GC, new to me but was excellent and plan to revisit.

NV Ployez Jacquemart, stellar value.

Moutard NV, recently bought at $24, not a world beater but a really good Champagne at that price and enjoyable for a party.

Aubry NV available for about $30.

A local retailer has some Baron Fuente on sale and I may try these: Brut $22, Rose $27, 2009 Vintage for $30. Reviews seem positive and Brad Baker has some positive comments for the producer on this board, though the comments are rather dated.

I don't like most domestic sparklers. They're usually too round and ripe for my taste. If I'm not just buying Champagne I'll buy cava; Juve y Camps Rose or Reserva is quite decent and even Segura Viudas is very reliable.

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#10 Post by MBerto » January 7th, 2019, 2:13 pm

Nick F. wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 1:58 pm
MBerto wrote:
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I find there's not a ton of "value" in champagnes at this price. Plenty of good wine, of course, but if you want a sparkling wine for less go domestic - or spend just a bit more on champers and get something really good. Marc Hebrart Brut Rose at $60 is practically a desert island wine for me.
Which are your go to domestic, Shramsberg?
They're great but the BdB is still typically $35-40. At $20-25 you've got Gloria Ferrar, Roderer Estate, Mumm Napa all passable wines.
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#11 Post by Michael_H » January 7th, 2019, 2:29 pm

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
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Vilmart GC is under $40. Great QPR.
I apoligize if this isn't the forum to ask, but where can you get it at this price? I'd love to stock up.
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#12 Post by John Glas » January 7th, 2019, 2:36 pm

NV Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut - France, Champagne (11/3/2018)
Day 1: Gorgeous NV. Creamy mouthfeel with citrus, spice, dough and charred pie crust. A vibrant wine with sharp acidity. Medium plus finish and at the amazing low price of only $33. 92 points
Day 2: Very similar character from day 1 but picks up some nice perfume notes and dried apricots. Very good acidity on this wine. Not as good as day 1 but solid. 90 points
Recommendation: Dink on day 1 and buy from a shop that moves through NV Champagne. This current NV selections is outstanding as some of the previous ones were sub 90 points. (92 points)

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#13 Post by Elliot Steele » January 7th, 2019, 2:38 pm

+1 for Aubry. Also love Jose Dhondt and Mouzon Leroux at the $40 price point
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#14 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 7th, 2019, 2:45 pm

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Vilmart GC is under $40. Great QPR.
Are you referring to grande reserve? Gc is $49 even from envoyer.

My favorite qpr champagne is R&L Legras Balanc de blanc. Michel 08 BDB is a good choice also, as is Aspasie VV.

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#15 Post by Jim Stewart » January 7th, 2019, 3:07 pm

Three NV Champagnes under $40 that we have recently enjoyed (ranked):
1) Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rose
2) Louis Roederer Brut Premier
3) Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvee" Brut

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#16 Post by Frank Murray III » January 7th, 2019, 3:22 pm

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Vilmart GC is under $40. Great QPR.
I am with Kyle, as I do think the Vilmart Grand Reserve for this price point is terrific. https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/w ... ine=457665

I'd also add Paul Dethune to the list, especially the NV Rose, although it may have reached a point where $40 won't get it done anymore. https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/w ... ine=257791

I'll also offer one more, which I have now had a few times recently to check on them, which is the Cedric Mousse & Fils L'Extra Or. This has floated between $35 and $40 via Envoyer and it's fantastic. All Meunier, farmed bio and drinking clean and beautifully. https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/w ... ne=2773851
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
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2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
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#17 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 7th, 2019, 3:32 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 2:45 pm
ky1em!ttskus wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Vilmart GC is under $40. Great QPR.
Are you referring to grande reserve? Gc is $49 even from envoyer.

My favorite qpr champagne is R&L Legras Balanc de blanc. Michel 08 BDB is a good choice also, as is Aspasie VV.
Sorry! Grande Reserve. Gold label.

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#18 Post by Michael O'Brien » January 7th, 2019, 3:41 pm

I consider vintage Piper-Heidsieck a bargain. It is an excellent champagne and can usually be found a good prices. Just bought some '08 Brut for $45.
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#19 Post by Alex N » January 7th, 2019, 3:58 pm

I've been liking Lassalle Cachet d'Or at $35 per.
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#20 Post by Russ Williams » January 7th, 2019, 4:20 pm

Hands down...NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut & NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rose...drop the 🎤
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#21 Post by ybarselah » January 7th, 2019, 5:41 pm

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January 7th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Three NV Champagnes under $40 that we have recently enjoyed (ranked):
1) Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rose
2) Louis Roederer Brut Premier
3) Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvee" Brut

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#22 Post by Ed Steinway » January 7th, 2019, 5:50 pm

Nick F wrote:
Which are your go to domestic, Shramsberg?
My domestic pick is Roederer Brut for around $20. It is always a crowd-pleaser.

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#23 Post by Troy Stark » January 7th, 2019, 6:57 pm

Russ Williams wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Hands down...NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut & NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rose...drop the 🎤
Ditto.

Would add Jose Michel and Gimmonet to the list as well.
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#24 Post by John Danza » January 7th, 2019, 8:42 pm

My go-to bargain is NV Philippe Prié Champagne Tradition Brut from Wines Till Sold Out. Normal price is $24.99 for a 750ml and $54.99 for a 1.5l. Free shipping for four or more.
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#25 Post by Fred Daniels » January 7th, 2019, 10:29 pm

I like Lassalle and just had a Pol Roger for the first time in years and it was very nice. I like Vve. Fourny Blanc de Blanc but I don't know if you often find it below $40. I have when it's on sale, and after six months or more of aging it's singing. Of course this is personal taste, I like zippy acidic champagnes, but the latest cuvees have had a depth and concentration that is much higher than expected in a NV blend. I just drank my last bottle out of a case purchased a year ago and seriously need to try the new release...
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#27 Post by Jim Stewart » January 8th, 2019, 1:52 am

ybarselah wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Jim Stewart wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Three NV Champagnes under $40 that we have recently enjoyed (ranked):
1) Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rose
2) Louis Roederer Brut Premier
3) Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvee" Brut

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#28 Post by julianseersmartin » January 8th, 2019, 8:01 am

Another vote for Hebrart.

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#29 Post by Julian Marshall » January 8th, 2019, 8:43 am

I'm not sure if I posted about these before, or if they can be found where you all are, but these are the champagnes we usually drink which cost 20€ (normally a bit less):

Moutard - the brown label Brut GV (biscuity, quite rich), not the silver one (Blanc de Blancs and not as good) - the other cuvées are less good in our opinion
Malard - the Brut (light, lemony style) and the Rosé
Bernard Brèmont - Brut (biscuits again and medium bodied) and Rosé
Charles Orsan - Blanc de Blancs (very elegant)
Nathalie Tornay GC - like a Bollinger NV at half the price

They're all good and cheaper alternatives to the bigger names.

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#30 Post by Pat Martin » January 8th, 2019, 9:18 am

I think there are lots of very good champagne less than $40. My personal favor right now in the 2009 Brison which I got for $30. But style is almost as important as quality in making a choice. The Brison is very grower in style, 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir, light and bright and showing lots of minerals and earthy notes, with no real sweetness evident.
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#31 Post by Fred Bower » January 8th, 2019, 11:48 am

The Thiese-catalog growers' entry level bottlings often can be found in this price range - Hebrart, Gimmonet, and my additional callout - Gaston Chiquet all are in this cadre. I think I picked up Sabine Godme BdB for $40 recently, but it may generally retail a bit higher.

$40 seems to be a price at which you can get really great juice from a wide array of styles/producers.

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#32 Post by Joel Singer » January 8th, 2019, 2:04 pm

In Toronto we've recently seen the Drappier Carte d’Or for around $46 CAD, which equates to less than $35 USD. This rich, primarily pinot noir based Champagne is an excellent buy at that price.
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#33 Post by John Glas » January 8th, 2019, 8:04 pm

I consider vintage Piper-Heidsieck a bargain. It is an excellent champagne and can usually be found a good prices. Just bought some '08 Brut for $45.
Very good price on the vintage. It is amazing in Minneapolis how some shops have the NV at that price.

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#34 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » January 8th, 2019, 10:42 pm

I forgot about a new one, JM Labruyere Grand Cru Prologue for $40. 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.
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#35 Post by Robert M yers » January 9th, 2019, 7:39 am

Has anybody had any Paul Bara recently? I had a nice bottle recently but It’s been several years since I really dove in, but they used to be great value.

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#36 Post by Al Osterheld » January 9th, 2019, 8:18 am

Paul Bara is still nice, hard to get for sub $40, though.

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#37 Post by Alino Punzalan » January 9th, 2019, 8:34 am

This is over the mentioned $40 price, just in case someone is travelling to UK or who is there, some of M&S branches are selling Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006 for £37.50.

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#38 Post by C Chen » January 9th, 2019, 9:04 am

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Has anybody had any Paul Bara recently? I had a nice bottle recently but It’s been several years since I really dove in, but they used to be great value.
I had the '06 Paul Bara Comtesse. It was forgettable. Lacked distinction, I felt.
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#40 Post by Ron F r e e d » January 9th, 2019, 10:42 am

Troy Stark wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Russ Williams wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Hands down...NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut & NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rose...drop the 🎤
Ditto.

Would add Jose Michel and Gimmonet to the list as well.
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#41 Post by Troy Stark » January 9th, 2019, 11:22 am

John Glas wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 8:04 pm
I consider vintage Piper-Heidsieck a bargain. It is an excellent champagne and can usually be found a good prices. Just bought some '08 Brut for $45.
Very good price on the vintage. It is amazing in Minneapolis how some shops have the NV at that price.
My wife used to work for the distributor in MN that carries the Terry Theise portfolio (The Wine Co.) and they always had higher prices than other parts of the country. In fact, I would regularly buy from Envoyer the same wines my wife could get for cost, simply because Envoyer's pricing was better than the wholesale price in MN!

I think a big reason for this is because the good distributors in MN pay for temperature controlled shipping, which adds an extra $3/btl on its own if I recall correctly. Then, when you factor in freight costs to the middle of the country, you end up with very high wine prices in MN.
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#42 Post by Troy Stark » January 9th, 2019, 11:25 am

Robert M yers wrote:
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Has anybody had any Paul Bara recently? I had a nice bottle recently but It’s been several years since I really dove in, but they used to be great value.
I buy their Special Club from Envoyer for $60/btl, which I consider a steal.
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#43 Post by Vince T » January 9th, 2019, 6:04 pm

Another good one is Nicolas Maillart "Platine"... and honorable mention for Gimmonet.

Also... K&L has a champagne club with a bunch of direct imports under $40, and where they send you 2 bottles every 2 months for $70/shipment.
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#44 Post by Vince T » January 9th, 2019, 6:13 pm

And I'd say Argyle is in contention for best domestic sparkler, along with Schramsberg Bdb
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#45 Post by Michae1 P0wers » January 9th, 2019, 6:21 pm

Vince T wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Another good one is Nicolas Maillart "Platine"... and honorable mention for Gimmonet.

Also... K&L has a champagne club with a bunch of direct imports under $40, and where they send you 2 bottles every 2 months for $70/shipment.
I bought the Maillart from WTSO and I thought it was a solid champagne. Good value

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#46 Post by m. ristev » January 9th, 2019, 6:36 pm

clement perseval rosé is one of my favorites and is <30 euro usually
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#47 Post by NoahR » January 9th, 2019, 7:05 pm

Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Ste-Anne is consistently great, somewhat vinous and lean, but not austere to my palate.
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#48 Post by Jayson Cohen » January 9th, 2019, 7:46 pm

NoahR wrote:
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Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Ste-Anne is consistently great, somewhat vinous and lean, but not austere to my palate.
+1

For me though these days, I’d say the top three (because I rarely see Vilmart GC anymore at bargain pricing) are:

Roederer Brut NV Champagne
Robert Moncuit BdB Les Mesnil NV
Pierre Peters BdB NV

All under or around $40 when on sale.

That’s playing by the rules, sticking strictly with Champagne.

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#49 Post by David_K » January 9th, 2019, 7:55 pm

For growers, Hebrart is a go-to. Among the big houses, Pol Roger NV impresses -- besting many vintage wines at a recent walk-around. I also like the Le Mesnil co-op. With a little shoe leather, these don't cost much more than the better domestics.
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Re: Best Bargain Champagne

#50 Post by Josh Grossman » January 9th, 2019, 8:18 pm

I've been impressed with Salmon Champagne that I've picked up from Lastbottle.com. The 2012 Salmon Champagne Special Club is especially good and I suspect it would bet better with age--but at that price, I'll never know. Wish I could buy it all the time. Maybe I just like Pinot Meunier in young Champagne--but I like it more than most of the stuff I see mentioned above and the NV rings in around $30 bones, including shipping.

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