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This blog is dedicated to Champagne not sparkling wine. If you wish a good bottle of sparkling wine buy Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley (under $25) . This sparkling wine was # 25 on WineSpectators top 100. Should be plenty to go around with 80,000 cases.
Back to Champagne.
Champagne comes in a number of categories.
Sugar Content (Dosage)
- Extra Brut – no sugar
- Brut champagne up to 15 grams of sugar
- Extra dry contains 12 – 20 grams,
- Dry contains 17 – 35 grams of sugar making a slightly sweet Champagne.
- Blanc de blancs are made from entirely Chardonnay
- Blanc de noirs is made entirely from Pinot Noir. This will be a white sparkling wine as no skins are used in the process.
- A rose champagne uses Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a little still red wine added just before the second fermentation process. This gives it the color.
Vintage Champagne is produced only in the best growing years. Top vintages you may find in the market: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002. These are the vintages rated over 91 points by WineSpectator. Good vintage champagne is expense and this blog is focused on champagne selling under $100. You will find some great champagne on this list.
Non-vintage Champagne is a blend. The vineyard will keep some of the best years to mix in NV production. In 2009 the vintage was okay not great and some producers made a vintage champagne and others are using the 2009 production to mix into their NV production.
DEUTZ Brut Champagne rated 93 @ 60
Bright and harmonious, this marries a minerally underpinning and fine cut to the lacy mousse and flavors of lemon curd, toast, crème de cassis, smoke and dried apricot. Drink now through 2028. 3,250 cases made.
VEUVE CLICQUOT Brut Champagne rated 93 @ $85
A vivid version, like raw silk on the palate, with a powerful frame of acidity well-meshed with saline-tinged, minerally underpinnings and flavors of black currant, apricot, almond biscotti and crystallized honey. Disgorged February 2016. Drink now through 2030
MOËT & CHANDON Brut Rosé Champagne Grand Vintage rated 93 for $70
Hints of honey and toast enrich flavors of crushed black cherry, raspberry, singed orange peel, mineral and licorice snap in this bright, spiced rosé. Shows lovely integration. Vibrant acidity drives the lingering, smoky finish. Drink now through 2028
LOUIS ROEDERER Brut Rosé Champagne Rated 92 @ $78
Sleek and mouthwatering, with spice and sea salt notes underscoring flavors of white raspberry, biscuit, candied ginger and orange zest. Refined and racy.
VEUVE CLICQUOT Brut Rosé Champagne rated 93 @ 85
A well-cut, minerally version, with a firm backbone of acidity and a lacy mousse, layered with flavors of baked currant, toast and lemon curd. Offers a racy, spiced finish. Disgorged January 2016. Drink now through 2028.
DEUTZ Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne rated 92 @ $70
Floral and fresh, offering a lacy texture and a pleasing juiciness to the flavors of white cherry, anise, pastry and blanched almond, with a clean, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2025. 6,500 cases made.
Taittinger Prestige Rosé champagne rated 91 @ 86
A nice full bodied champagne with hints of smoke and spice underscore flavors of poached pear and white raspberry in this delicate, aperitif-style Champagne, with a lacy mousse. Crisp and lightly citrusy. This is a great champagne for accompany late night desert.
MOUTARD PÈRE & FILS Brut Rosé Champagne de Cuvaison NV rated 92 @ $42
Ripe raspberry, cherry, graphite and blood orange notes leap from the glass, riding a satiny bead and married to mouthwatering acidity on the palate. Bright and expressive, with a chalky, lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,000 cases made.
Deutz Brut Champagne Classic NV rated 92 @ $46
This bright and stylish Champagne is tightly knit and satiny in texture, with hints of smoke and pastry cream underscoring the apricot, lemon curd and pickled ginger flavors. Ends with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases imported.
Henri Mandois Brut Champagne Origine NV rated 91 @ 34
Spice and floral accents are an aromatic entry for this well-balanced Champagne. Lacy in texture, with crisp acidity and flavors of apricot, pastry and candied ginger. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made.
Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut champagne rated 91 @ $41
Its distinct flavor (peach, apple, pear, citrus) is practically impossible to replicate as it’s made with more than 100 different wines, about a third of which are reserve. It’s deliciously complex and a hit for New Year’s or a dinner party, pairing perfectly with seafood, poultry, and desserts like a peach tart. This minerally Champagne is clean-cut and spicy. well-knit flavors of poached pear, pickled ginger, currant and lemon curd. Creamy finish.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Reserve NV rated 91 @ 36
An aperitif-style Champagne, with flavors of crème de cassis, lemon curd and pastry riding a creamy mousse and framed by crisp, well-knit acidity. Drink now through 2020. 41,000 cases imported.
Beaumont Des Crayeres Brut NV rated 91 @ 37
A chalky note on the nose is more subtle on the fine and creamy palate of this elegant Champagne, underscoring a pretty mix of poached pear, pastry cream, candied ginger and apple blossom. A crowd-pleaser. Disgorged April 2017. Drink now through 2020. 42,000 cases made
Alain Thienot Brut Champagne NV rated 91 @ 40
Lightly toasty and mouthwatering, this creamy Champagne offers flavors of baked pear and lemon curd, with rich hints of coffee liqueur and pastry cream. Balanced, showing minerally smoke and spice nuances on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 15,000 cases made.
Perrier Jouet Brut NV rated 91 @ 45
This is lacy in texture, featuring a firm frame of acidity and a smoke-tinged underpinning. Offers flavors of poached quince, toast and pickled ginger, with a crisp, citrusy finish