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$50 Champagne

Any suggestions for a $50 bubbly? Can be domestic or imported. My budget is usually $25 so I'm at a loss. I'm in Virginia if that is an issue. TIA.

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  1. These are all available in VA.
    To find a store check with http://www.wine-searcher.com

    Bollinger NV Brut Special Cuvée $49.99

    Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator, Nov 30, 2006 issue.
    "Compact and yeasty, this bubbly evokes bread dough and grapefruit flavors backed by verve and a chalky texture. It has a fine mousse and a lingering finish. Drink now through 2010. 20,000 cases imported."

    Runners up, sligtly lower ratings:

    NV De Sousa Grand Cru Reserve Brut $49.99
    NV Paul Bara Brut Reserve Grand Cru $50.00
    NV Pasqual Doquet Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut $49.99

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    1. re: RicRios

      As it happens I was able to try the Bollinger today... what a treat. Exactly as described, the yeasty bread tones are pleasing without being overwhelming and the liquid is very sophisitcated and balanced. Wonderful stuff.

    2. Moet & Chandon NV is always solid $40
      Duval Leroy NV Brut really nice and a bit more interesting $40
      some sparkling wines..
      Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut is pretty classic Brut $20
      Dom. Ste Michelle Brut is always nice if a bit less complex a great bargain at $15 or less.

      All are large production and easy to find. As a bonus, the Duval Leroy Bottle is very cool.

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      1. re: chrisinroch

        Where are you that Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut is $20? I get it for $13 here in Los Angeles, or at most for $16 at a gourmet supermarket that marks everything up. At the prices we have here, St. Michelle is never even worth considering becuase GF is so much better.

        I like Billecart-Salmon in the cloesr to $50 range as well, or a Charles Heidseick for less ($30, maybe a bit more?).

      2. NV Nicolas Feuillatte Rose
        NV Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blanc
        NV Billecart-Salmon Brut

        The Billecart may be findable for $40 and the Feuillatte may be findable for $35 but those are my three favorites in the general price range right now. You may have to do some hunting to get your hands on the Selosse

        1. yuck. no offense, whiner... nicolas feuillatte is one of the dirtiest houses in champagne, and their wine reflects that. not at all worth the inflated price tag. i know all of these should be widely available in VA: Pierre Moncuit Cuvee Hugues de Coulmet NV; Barnaut Brut Rose Authentique or Grande Reserve, both NV; and Aubry Brut NV all come in under $50 (by some margin in most cases) and are fantastic wines. in addition, these are all grower champagnes--which is to say they are small houses making wine from grapes they farm themselves, instead of buying juice or fruit from a big collective (which is the norm for the bigger houses).
          that said, billecarte for 40 bucks? show me the way! it's quite a bit more expensive down here in NC.

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          1. re: HeelsSoxHound

            can u expand on "dirtiest houses"? NF NV champagne is my regular champagne, i like it because it is dry and only $22.

          2. I'm in MN. It's been a while since I bought the GF, so my price might be high but I think $13 is out of reach here. I agree that for essentially the same price, GF is a superior sparkler to Chat SM. I threw it in cuz I think that it is a nice sparkler for the money....It's great for people who are new to wine and great for a large group or party. And personally I would rather drink it than the Heidseick. Just not a fan of the mouth feel and the bit of sharpness on the palate. Just a personal opinion. Never tasted the billecart. What is the production run?

            1. I'd recommend Veuve Clicquot NV, typically referred to as Yellow Label. This is a more full bodied champagne, not a light champagne. Depending on the market, you can find it for as low at $35, but typically in the 40's. Always solid.

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              1. re: WineTravel

                My sentiments on the Veuve exactly. It's my favorite go-to champagne, and you should have no trouble finding it everywhere.

                The first suggested Bollinger is a good one also, we have a case of it in the office for birthday celebrations and it's excellent...with birthday cake. Haha.

                1. re: WineTravel

                  Yes, Veuve is good. I also have always liked Moet & Chandon. Taittinger is good too.

                2. NV Billecart-Salmon Brut and anything by Schramsburg are my recommendations. Yum.

                  1. anyone familiar with this:
                    I ordered two bottles this morning. www.winestillsoldout.com

                    Pommery
                    Brut Apanage Champagne
                    N/V
                    FREE SHIPPING
                    (on 2 or more)
                    Original:
                    $69.88

                    Yesterday's Best Web:
                    (including cost of shipping*)
                    $48.96

                    Our Price:
                    $38.99

                    1. Pommery is a good house, so should be fine. Thats a good price as well.

                      From WineAccess.com web site ....

                      By Josh Raynolds
                      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 05
                      Rated: 89
                      Light gold color. Richer, smokier and more earthy than the Brut Royal, with scents of truffle and butter. Deeply flavored and musky, offering flavors of melted butter, brioche, honey and poached pear. A fat, unctuous Champagne that would work nicely with richly sauced fish courses.

                      Lowest price (w/o) shipping was listed as $37.99 at the various Total Wine shops... but also selling for over $60 as well.