Elite champagne tasting in Paris or Champagne region
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.
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.
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.
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.