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Elite champagne tasting in Paris or Champagne region

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dalereardon Mar 8, 2013 11:08 PM

Hi,

We are going to be in Paris for 9 days and Reims for 4 days. I am wondering if there is a bar that offers champagnes such as Salon or Dom Perignon Rose by the glass? I really want to try them but don't necessarily want to buy a whole bottle of each or others.

Thanks,
Dale.

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    drloripalooza May 8, 2013 12:21 PM

    I have found champagne bars that let you taste a flight of champagne as well as various glasses at "O," Flute, and Le Ciel. There is also a champagne bar on top of the Eiffel Tower and two others I can't remember. I have heard that "O" uses a rather 'hard sell' method to convince you to buy a bottle. I've read varying reviews of Flute, which was the place I was thinking of going.

    Here is a list I found.

    I would really be interested in any reviews! I can't find many recent ones and they are extremely variable. I want to take my cousin there as a surprise, and we will be there the first week of June.

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    1. re: drloripalooza
      ChefJune May 8, 2013 01:37 PM

      Did you forget to attach that list? It seems to be missing. We just bought some Champagne and enjoyed it in our apartment. Much better value all round that way.

      As much as I love Champagne, I've never sought it out in Paris bars. (hmmm wonder why not...)

      The top of the Eiffel Tower sounds more like a tv show set... and I'll bet the prices are as high as the tower!

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        drloripalooza May 8, 2013 01:56 PM

        Hmmm, I guess I don't know how to make a hyperlink here, I just cut and pasted. Can you clue me in?

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          drloripalooza May 8, 2013 05:13 PM

          http://www.bestchampagne.co/bars/99-p...

      2. ChefJune Mar 11, 2013 08:11 AM

        O-Chateau Wine Bar in Paris offers wine tastings of all kinds, and will customize one for you with advance notice. Here's their web site.
        http://www.o-chateau.com/

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          lemarais Mar 9, 2013 09:07 AM

          These folks offer tasting tours, seems like some of their tours have 11-12 different glasses of champagne offered to taste. (no driving!) Doesn't look like a good value, but it will achieve the goal you set out for in your OP.

          http://www.grapeescapes.net/destinati...

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            jock Mar 9, 2013 07:46 AM

            It has been a while but Arpege was pouring Dom by the glass last time I was there.

            If youy want to taste the really great wines being made in Champagne these days skip the big names. Visit the RM houses where they grow the grapes and make the wine themselves. (They sell off their lesser fruit and/or wines to the bigger NM houses.) Some of the better ones are Pierre Peters, Larmandier Bernier, Gimmonet, and Vilmart. Any of the "Clup Special" bottlings from a couple of dozen growers are almost certain to be superb.

            Fleury is also excellent and they have a shop in Paris.

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              HoosierFoodie Mar 12, 2013 10:26 AM

              Jock has an excellent point.

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              dalereardon Mar 9, 2013 12:12 AM

              Hi,

              Salon doesn't offer tastings or tours at the Domain - I've checked and tried persuading them.

              Dom Perignon does offer a Dom tour with a glass of standard Dom and one glass of Rose for 125 Euro per person.

              Dale.

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              1. re: dalereardon
                PhilD Mar 9, 2013 07:32 PM

                Salon retails in Paris at €300 a bottle from what I can see and only produces a Vintage in certain years with the wine used in Delamotte in the poor years. If you want to try it, I believe the bar at the Hotel Bristol sells it.

                However, Jock has the best advice, its the smaller independent houses that often have the better more interesting wines rather than the big multi-brand places like Laurent-Perrier (Salon). These will often offer Vintage wines at reasonable prices rather than the astronomical prices of the big houses - and usually do tastings at their cellar doors rather than needing to "suffer" the disney style tours the big houses subject you to.

              2. PhilD Mar 8, 2013 11:23 PM

                If your heading to Reims why not taste at the chateau? In my experience they taste the basics and then charge a premium for better ranges. Have not done the Dom tour but assume it includes a variety of tastings.

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