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Dec 13, 2008 12:06 AM

Good Midpriced ($75 ish) champagne for holiday gifts

Okay, it is that time of the year again, and clients must be gifted. In better economic times, I wouldn't have thought twice about that $125 bottle of champagne. This year something in the $50 - $75 range sounds right.

Anyone have any suggestions for the best bang for buck in this range?

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger

        I need to move out of MA; that's a $100 bottle here.

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Ouch $100?! Less than $75 here in SoCal...but even for that price I would rather have the Camille Saves Brut Rose.

          1. re: bubbles4me

            Camille Saves Brut Rose sounds interesting and is well-priced. I had settled on the Tarlant Cuvee Louis Brut Prestige Champagne, but now I am reconsidering. Rose seems so festive for the new year.

            1. re: omotosando

              I really like Tarlant but the Camille Saves Rose is a full on Rock Star. So Pinot Noir rich that it almost drinks like a Burgundy, expansive on the palate with a very long, full finish....oh yeah, and it's pretty too!

      2. Just about anything imported by Terry Theise/Skurnik. Pierre Peters is a fave of mine.

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        1. re: BillB656

          Don't know where you live, but in the LA area, I get P.Peters for less than $55 retail. And it's better than big names that cost more, IMHO. Also, Agrapart & Fils makes many delicious ones. They start at high $30's, and have some lovelies in your price range - Mineral is really good. I just gave a very short review on RH Coutier a day or so ago.

          1. re: vickib

            I'm in Phoenix metro, Vicki. Peters is around here for about that price as well. I haven''t had Agrapart but thanks for the tip. I love rocks in my wine.

        2. Outside of your range, but on the good side:
          Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top $30

          FWIW, here's WS's opinion re. 07 release, still valid for the 08s:

          Elegant and expressive, this delivers floral, pear and toffee flavors matched to a creamy texture. Beautifully integrated, this lingers nicely on the mineral finish. Drink now through 2010. 35,000 cases imported. –BS
          Score: 91
          Release Price: $35

          Country: France
          Region: Champagne

          Issue: Oct 15, 2007

          Top 100 Wine
          Year: 2007 Rank: 77

          1. Obviously it depends upon what is available to you LOCALLY, in Los Angeles, but here are a few suggestions. All are between $50-$75, and are listed alphabetically.



            Ayala 1999 Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
            Beaumont des Crayeres 2002 "Fleur Noire" Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne
            Billecart Salmon nv Brut Reserve Champagne
            Billecart Salmon nv Brut Rosé Champagne
            Bollinger nv Brut "Special Cuvée" Champagne
            Canard Duchene 1999 Brut Champagne
            Charles Heidsieck nv Brut Réserve Champagne
            Delamotte 1999 Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
            Egly Ouriet "Les Vignes de Vrigny" Brut Champagne
            Egly-Ouriet "Tradition Grand Cru" Brut Champagne
            Gaston Chiquet nv Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
            Gosset nv Brut "Grande Réserve" Champagne
            Joseph Perrier nv Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
            Larmandier-Bernier nv Brut Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Champagne
            Perrier-Jouët nv "Blason de France" Brut Rose Champagne
            Pierre Gimonnet 2002 Brut 1er Cru "Fleuron" Champagne
            Pierre Gimonnet nv Brut 1er Cru "Cuis" Champagne
            Pierre Gimonnet 1999 Brut "Special Club" Champagne
            Pierre Peters nv Brut Blanc des Blancs Champagne
            Tarlant "Cuvée Louis" nv Brut Prestige Champagne
            Tarlant "La Vigne d'Antan" Blanc de Blancs Single Vineyard Extra Brut Champagne

            . . . and many, many more!


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            1. If you can find it go with Sparkling from Argyle

              the 1997 or 1998 Extended Tirage is better then any NV Champange I have tasted under $75. I can get it for $35 and is a highly rated Spectator wine.