Not all the Sparkling Wines are Champagne. Even though I am a lover of Sparkling wines, I have to recognize that, Champagne is the king of bubbles. I do not often enjoy Champagne as I more frequently enjoy other Sparkling Wines, but for New Year's Eve, of course, Champagne will be on my lineup.
Let's revisit a bit this type of wine. Champagne is only made in Champagne, France, a town outside of Paris. All the other Sparkling Wines are not Champagne, some of them are called Method Champegnoise, or Method Traditional but they are not Champagne, so heads up for your next Champagne purchase. Always review where is it produced -the region- as labels are often misleading.
I had the idea that Champagne was very expensive. I did some research within this category of wine and realized an extensive tasting. Hence, I am going to recommend you good quality price Champagnes under $50.
Andre Jacquart Brut Experience Blanc de Blancs $45.99
Brilliant pale gold, with tight bead and persistent mousse.
Chardonnay green pear apple and toasted bread on the nose, with distinct wet stone minerality.
Lush creamy mousse upon entry, rich full and crisp, with warm toasty elements. Explosive aged Chardonnay elements, intense minerality and great depth of flavor. Length and persistence of Burgundian style Chardonnay in the finish. Regardless of whether a festive occasion, aperitif high class, or with dinner, it deserves to be enjoyed with delicate dishes such as a Sole “Meuniere,” steamed lobster, or halibut. Read more here .
Pol Roger $49.99
I was very curious to try this Champagne from Eppernay France. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, honey and bread. The palate is fruit forward of lemon, green apples, white flowers and butter. A lot of acidity and bubbles are not very persistent. I liked it but is a light bubbly. This Brut Non Reserve was served at the 2018 Royal Weddings, being from an English House you will not expect less.
Pierre Gimmonel & Fils $49.96
This was a suggestion from a salesperson at an Astoria, NY liquor store. He said it was his favorite. I decided to try this Champagne in a red wine glass to open up the aromas a bit more. This 100% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs offers aromas of white flowers, toast bread lemon, and banana. Love the minerality on the palate very well balanced, particularly I like the persistence on the bubbles. Read more here
Paul Laurent Brut $26.95
A beautiful The is orange and herbs aromas on this Champagne are very unexpected. This is from the village of Bethon, just south of Epernay. Read more here
Other affordable options:
Vollereax Brut $39.99
According to Wine Enthusiast editor Roger Voss this wine is ripe and soft, well balanced and offers attractive fruitiness. It is at an excellent price point and on the palate Voss states it offers a " creamy mousse and acidity bring richness and a fresh character. With its finely judged dosage, not too dry, not too sweet, the wine is very ready to drink" . Read the full Voss review here
Boizel Brut Reserve $43.99
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Check out the video posted above for more info and hoping this will help you pick the right champagne on your budget.