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?
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.
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
Release Price: $35
Issue: Oct 15, 2007
Top 100 Wine
Year: 2007 Rank: 77
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.
A. SOUTIRAN BLANC DE BLANCS NV BRUT CHAMPAGNE
A. SOUTIRAN PERLE NOIRE GRAND CRU NV BRUT CHAMPAGNE
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!
Bruno Gobillard Brut Vieilles Vignes - stunning, but might be out of your price range now since the dollar is so weak.
Or, since you live in Los Angeles, it might be worth your time to check out Wine Expo. They have a lot of grower/producer champagnes that you won't find at other retailers.
2933 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Just checked online. Bruno Gobillard Brut Vieilles Vignes seems to be about $70. So many choices. Christmas is next week - I had better get cracking and make a choice.
I've had mixed luck at Wine Expo - bought some champagnes there in the past that did not blow me away, even at $100 or so.
Why? What was it about the Champagne that you did NOT like? What was it about the Champagne that you DID like?
Wine Expo has an excellent selection, but not everyone on the planet will love every wine made on the planet. If you can tell Roberto what it is you liked and disliked about "Wine X," he (or another member of the staff) will be able to make better (and better and better) recommendations . . .
The more a consumer can express his or her likes and dislikes, the more the recommendations the wine merchant will be based on YOUR taste and not their own . . .