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Dec 13, 2009 03:19 PM

Grower Champagnes

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. 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).


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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: chefdilettante

            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.)

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

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            1. re: whiner

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