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Grower Champagnes

stellar Dec 13, 2009 03:19 PM

Any recommendations for interesting "grower champagnes" under $35? I live in NYC, so I have access to a variety of stores.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. oolah RE: stellar Dec 13, 2009 10:03 PM

    You're not going to find much for under $35 -- that's typically the floor for entry-level grower champagne (or any champagne, really).

    At around $40, Chartogne-Taillet NV Cuvée Ste. Anne is a fantastic champagne, especially for the price. I don't think you'll do better than that in your price range. It's available at most reputable NYC wine stores, including Chambers St Wines.

    If you're willing to splurge and double your budget, Larmandier-Bernier NV Blanc de Blancs is also very good (~$60), as is Egly-Ouriet NV Champagne Brut (~$65).


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      Brad Ballinger RE: stellar Dec 14, 2009 08:29 AM

      You'll find a good selection at Chambers Street Wines. Not sure many will be under $35, but some will be close.

      1. SteveTimko RE: stellar Dec 14, 2009 08:40 AM

        Astor wines has Agrapart & Fils Champagne for $39. Good stuff.


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          chefdilettante RE: stellar Dec 14, 2009 09:44 AM

          Try Moore Brothers: Small selection of grower champagnes but three of my favorites, Diebolt-Vallois Cuvee Tradition ($45), Bereche and Delavenne.


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            Ali RE: chefdilettante Dec 19, 2009 05:47 AM

            Agreed on Moore Bros. The Diebolt-Vallois mentioned is lovely. (Moore Bros might try to steer you toward their excellent selection of cremant [d'Alsace, de Bourgogne, etc.] but there's a good bunch of champagne to be found.)

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            whiner RE: stellar Dec 22, 2009 01:45 AM

            Michel Arnould. Available from K&L for shipping. I swear by it as my entry-level Champagne.

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              Brad Ballinger RE: whiner Dec 22, 2009 05:49 AM

              Just drank the Verzenay Grand Cru last week. Fantastic stuff!

            2. kaysyrahsyrah RE: stellar Dec 22, 2009 03:20 PM

              I'd be careful of grower names under $35. I'd cut the budget elsewhere to get a $50 gorwer...if you are purchasing two or more bottles, I'd consider buying a top-end Cremant and then picking a $50 grower (20+50 = 70).

              Astor and Moore will hook you up.

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                SteveTimko RE: kaysyrahsyrah Dec 23, 2009 06:16 AM

                Some of Agrapart's Champagnes are in the low $20s and are splendid. Completely bust the stereotype of Champagnes being a poor QPR.
                Of course, Huet are in the upper $20s and are world class, but are from the Loire. . .

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                DavidT RE: stellar Dec 23, 2009 09:26 AM

                Article in 12/23/09 NY Times on quality champagnes under $40:


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                  maria lorraine RE: DavidT Dec 24, 2009 03:42 PM

                  Second this article for recommendations.

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                    wew RE: maria lorraine Dec 27, 2009 10:41 AM

                    A note of caution on the price of Agrapart Les 7 Crus listed in the article. The $29 is a wholesale not retail price.

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