Any recommendations for interesting "grower champagnes" under $35? I live in NYC, so I have access to a variety of stores.
Thanks in advance!
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).
You'll find a good selection at Chambers Street Wines. Not sure many will be under $35, but some will be close.