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Champagne collection startup

FoodExpression Jan 28, 2013 01:15 PM

I just picked up EuroCave 223 bottle fridge and am looking to start a good collection of some quality champagnes. I only have a few bottles now and prefer a champagne to be on the the drier side but not bone dry. I have a few bottles of a decent champagne Philip Prie which is good but not great. Only decent champagne in wine stores by me is Veuve Clicquot but Veuve is just not that exciting as its the ONLY one in every store.

Any suggestions on good resources where I can order online some good champagnes?

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    zin1953 RE: FoodExpression Jan 28, 2013 04:25 PM

    D&M -- http://dandm.com

    1. ChefJune RE: FoodExpression Jan 29, 2013 11:17 AM

      That depends upon where you are located. Why would you pay for shipping cross country if you don't have to?

      1. Kaaren RE: FoodExpression Jan 30, 2013 01:29 PM

        Lucky you! Champagne, with its high acid and beautiful fruit, will keep for years. Even the non-vintage champagne is better after a year or two. We use Wine-searcher pro version for a good pricing indication, but be aware that provenance is also important. Cuvées de Prestige, such as Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millénaires, Mumm René Lalou, the other cuvées de prestige of the Grandes Marques, and vintage champagnes such as 2008 should be, and 2002 and 1996 were, are also worth considering. For growers, try Special Club bottlings. These are the wines which growers tend to make for themselves, and the dosage tends to be lower. Happy times! Buy 'the Finest Wines of Champagne' by Michael Edwards to whet your appetite.

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          ChefJune RE: Kaaren Feb 5, 2013 11:52 AM

          Another great book to help you fall in love with Champagne the region as well as the wine is "Champagne" by Don & Petie Kladstrup. The story of how modern wars have affected the region and the wine.

        2. c oliver RE: FoodExpression Jan 30, 2013 04:49 PM

          Kinda off-topic, but are wines supposed to be chilled indefinitely or somewhat close to drinking?

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            Kaaren RE: c oliver Jan 30, 2013 05:22 PM

            From my understanding, Eurocave maintains a set temperature of, say, 12-14 degrees, and is appropriately humidified. Champagnes should not be refrigerated for extended periods as the corks can shrink and the wine take on off flavours from whatever else is in a fridge, even if it's just stale air and a commensurate loss of the exciting CO2 component.

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              c oliver RE: Kaaren Jan 30, 2013 05:37 PM

              Thanks for the education! I'm glad to know that a little nook where we keep wine is about that temp 24/7/365.

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            Brad Ballinger RE: FoodExpression Jan 31, 2013 06:10 PM

            D&M is a good source. If you want to pay a little less,look to K&L wines, www.klwines.com. Also, Village Corner in Ann Arbor, and Chambers Street Wines in NYC.

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              chefdilettante RE: FoodExpression Feb 5, 2013 07:51 AM

              In what state do you live? Many stores offer free shipping in-state or there may be a local source we can recommend.

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                FoodExpression RE: chefdilettante Apr 19, 2013 05:15 AM

                I live in NJ.

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                  dinwiddie RE: FoodExpression Apr 19, 2013 10:20 AM

                  The bottleshop.com, in Spring Lake NJ has a good selection in the price range you seem to be looking at.

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                    ChefJune RE: FoodExpression Apr 19, 2013 10:50 AM

                    Imho, just about the best prices for any and all wine in NJ can be found at The Wine Library in Springfield. And they deliver for a very reasonable fee (and sometimes for free). Check out the Champagne selection on their web site, www.winelibrary.com.

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                  jock RE: FoodExpression Apr 19, 2013 01:08 PM

                  Two words to live by: Terry Thiese.

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                    Kaaren RE: jock Apr 19, 2013 02:16 PM

                    Two more words: Kermit Lynch. Now we have 4 words in the list, but they only apply in the U.S. market.

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                      chefdilettante RE: jock Apr 20, 2013 08:02 AM

                      Two thumbs up to these two words.

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                      DanielLP RE: FoodExpression May 8, 2013 01:32 PM

                      http://www.champagneguide.net/ would be helpful.

                      Vinopolis has an extensive collection and great pricing.

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                        seattle_lee RE: DanielLP May 8, 2013 02:39 PM

                        let me second Vinopolis. The C-T Cuvee St Anne is a great pickup at $35

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