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Champagne under $50

TonyO May 10, 2008 06:45 PM

Any bottles that anyone has first hand knowledge about would be appreciated. Any and all information is welcome. My only request is that it be fairly easy to find (I'm in Vermont but have access to NH as well).

For what it's worth, I enjoy Argyle Brut (yeah, yeah, I know it's not Champagne but that's why I'm asking and I supplied this as a reference point).

Cheers !

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    Lenox637 May 11, 2008 09:30 AM

    Duval Leroy Blanc de Chardonnay ($49.99), Duval Leroy Brut NV ($39.99), Nicholas Feuillatte Brut Champagne NV ($32.99) I have always enjoyed these particular champagnes, especially the Duval Leroy offerings. I live in Western Mass. and although distribution is by state, you shouldn't have a hard time finding these at a decent wine merchant. Good Luck

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    1. re: Lenox637
      Strawman May 11, 2008 09:55 AM

      My go to NV champagne is NV Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee.

      Can't compare it to the Argyle. I have a real champagne rule........

    2. maria lorraine May 11, 2008 02:05 PM

      There are two other current threads with the same title as this.

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      1. re: maria lorraine
        ibstatguy May 12, 2008 09:43 AM

        with quite a few suggestions

      2. Seabiscuit May 11, 2008 06:56 PM

        Moet & Chandon White Star & Veuve Clicquot Brut are both excellent at that price point. And a bit harder to find but worth the search is Pierre Peters Brut NV.

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        1. re: Seabiscuit
          ibstatguy May 12, 2008 09:45 AM

          here's where we get into personal preferences. although there's been a lot of VC consumed in my house, it doesn't measure up (nor does M&C White Star) to a lot of other champagnes under $50. IMHO

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          whiner May 13, 2008 04:36 PM

          Figure out which store in your area has a elaionship with Robert Chatterdon and get the basic Billecart-Salmon Brut. Thank me later.

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            jaylhorner May 13, 2008 07:46 PM

            I'll thank you now if you tell me where to get it under $50.

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              mengathon May 13, 2008 08:00 PM

              In Manhattan, Astor Wines and PJ Wine.

              Isn't it regularly under $50?

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                jaylhorner May 14, 2008 02:59 AM

                Sorry.. I was thinking of the Rose.

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              mengathon May 13, 2008 08:01 PM

              hey, where have you been whiner?

              just one correction: Chadderdon. I butcher his name all the time.

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                TonyO May 14, 2008 05:59 AM

                I picked up 6 bottles of Billecart-Salmon Brut 375ml for $18.99 + shipping from www.americaswinehop.com. I could not find a local retailer and that was the best price I could find. I also like the having the 375ml on hand for some midweek bubbly.

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                  ibstatguy May 14, 2008 06:22 AM

                  not sure what their price would be for B-S but also check out "half wit wines"; they focus on small size bottlings

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                    TonyO May 14, 2008 06:48 AM

                    Will do. Thanks.

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              chrisinroch May 14, 2008 07:26 PM

              I really like the balance on the duval leroy. I'll throw in N.V. Heidsieck. Monopole Blue Top Brut. Its maybe $30-40.

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                BogTarheel May 14, 2008 10:25 PM

                The Duval Leroy Rose de Saignee is outstanding ... much better than the standard brut. If you can find some grower champagnes (look for RM in the lower corner of the label), most blow the big houses NV's away at similiar or lower prices.

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