champagne tasting order
hello knowledgeable champagne internet people.
i've received great champagne advice from this board previously, and am back with another question.
we're having a "champagne night" tonight with some friends and i was wondering if there was any sort of order that would be better to taste them in. i know people usually say go light to dark for still wines, but does the same hold true for sparklers?
frankly, i tend to want to go expensive to cheap, just to make sure i'm getting everything out of the expensive ones. but i don't want to squash all of the blanc de blancs by starting with something really toasty.
any help, as always, is appreciated.
ok, a bit more info.
i think the cheapest thing tonight is a bottle of j laurens which i got for ten bucks. i think it's pretty tasty, but that's "cheap" for champagne in my book. my other cheap entry is a mumm napa "cuvee mumm" which i got for $14.
nothing super expensive going on tonight. the hostess has a couple bottles of etoile sitting around, so i imagine some of that will be served. i'm bringing a bottle of iron horse russian cuvee and still debating on whether or not to bring something actually, you know, from champagne. if i do, it will likely be in the $30 range, and i will try to find something a little more full bodied to contrast all of the california bubbles...
"frankly, i tend to want to go expensive to cheap"
The grain goes always: from simple to more complex, light to heavy, one-dimensional to multi-layered, blah to wow. And if the only known parameter is price, definitely from cheap to expensive. Although don't say that to the guests.