Pol Roger Vintage Brut 2000 (Or other similar recs.)
Thanks! Heading out today to grab a bottle. I don't think I've had anything from the 2000 vintage, so it's good to know that it's not spectacular. Egly-Ouriet was another that I was considering.
(And, of course, Salon would be great, but this is one of those "middle" special occasion—i.e., not a wedding or first-born, but still worth better bottle than our everyday drinkers.)
The 2000 Pol is going to be quite a bit lighter and less vinous than the 2002 Dom Perignon, which is a pretty powerful wine. Many of the champagnes from the 2000 vintage I have found relatively unexciting and underwhelming.
If you're looking for a champagne in the style of Dom, but in the price range of the vintage Pol Roger, I'd try something alone the lines of Jacquesson or Egly-Ouriet. Plenty of other options also available if you're looking for top end tête de cuvées. There's always Krug for a special occasion.