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  1. Champagne Eugene III Brut Tradition NV
    $19.98
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    A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, 80% from the 2013 harvest and 20% from older Reserve wine blended back for consistency and complexity.  This is exactly what we want our bargain bubbly to be, a no-nonsense, juicy, flavor-packed Champagne that doesn’t try to be Krug or Selosse or what have you.  Green apple, a hint of red fruits, citrus, a touch of dough, and this one will more than grease the wheels with sushi or some pass-arounds at your next casual and/or formal dinner party.
     
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  2. Paul Dethune Brut Grand Cru NV
    $42.98
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    We said we were done buying Champagne back in early November for the season.  But when we had a chance to retaste the Paul Dethune Grand Cru Brut, a favorite from years past, we had to squeeze in one more.  Just...too...good. Featuring 70% Pinot Noir from Ambonnay (Pinot Noir country), and 30% Chardonnay, it has the broad, mouthfilling, authoritative palate that reminds us of another favorite, Billiot, but with a bit finer, yeastier impression on the edges.  Exciting, engaging bubbles as always.
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  3. Piper-Heidsieck Brut 2008
    WS93
    WA94
    $62.98
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    93 Points! An elegant, toasty version, featuring firm, focusing acidity layered with rich hints of canelé, dried apricot, coffee liqueur and star anise. Bright and citrusy, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2027. - Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator
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  4. Buena Vista Champagne Brut La Victoire NV
    $39.98
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    Say what?  Isn’t Buena Vista a California wine and therefore unable to call itself Champagne?  Well the story here is anything but ordinary.  It starts with Agoston Haraszthy, most recognized as being the Father of California viticulture.  He was also the father of six children and his third son, Arpad, spent over two years studying in Champagne to learn the craft of sparkling wine.  He later became the first to introduce Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine into California winemaking. Arpad’s sparkling wine, Eclipse, was one of the most celebrated in the nineteenth century.
     
    The wine itself is made up of 70% Pinot Noir, from Premier Cru vineyards from the Montagne de Reims, and 30% Chardonnay, mostly from Grand Cru Mesnil sur Oger and Chouilly.  The wine received a dosage of 8.7 g/L and was aged for more than three years (the law in Champagne requires aging 15 months minimum for non-vintage wines). The nose here is fresh apple, stone fruits, and pear with a touch of honey and a whiff of brioche though far from ‘doughy’.  In the mouth, it is the freshness that impresses, all of the flavors bright and lively without being the least bit shrill.  
     
    This is, as one might expect from Buena Vista, something true to type but made to appeal to a broader audience.  If we were making a slogan, here it would be ‘you don’t have to think, you can just drink’.  Most of the new things we see coming out these days are zero or near-zero dosage focused on esoteric elements of terroir.  They are often angry and aggressive, the small dosage a clear attempt to avoid ‘masking’ those terroir notes.  Mean-spirited wine ‘gurus’ aside, Jean-Claude Boisset, like us, sees Champagne as a beverage of pleasure.  He tailored this bubbly with that in mind.
     
    As you can probably imagine, it wasn’t easy for an American company (albeit one owned by a French dude!) to be able market something as Champagne.  French ‘authorities’ weren’t particularly receptive at first even though it came from the appropriate dirt and was made in Champagne.  In the end, the bottle is here, Boisset won.  We imagine that’s what the term ‘la Victoire’ (the victory) on the label refers to.  It’s a fine choice for under $40.
     
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  5. Veuve Clicquot Brut La Grande Dame 2008
    WS95
    Special Price $159.98
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    Only $129.98 at checkout!  95 Points! An elegant Champagne, powered by a sculpted frame of acidity and minerality, this wears the refined, lacy mousse and well-meshed flavors of black currant, lemon curd, toast and marzipan like finely tailored clothing. Fresh and lasting, with hints of spice and smoke on the finish. - Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator
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