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Best Cheap Champagne

Post by NibbanaBanana » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:55 pm

What's the best cheap champagne for a milestone celebration?

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:58 pm

Define "cheap".
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Post by bloom2708 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:59 pm

I think you are speaking of "sparkling wine".

Champagne all comes from the same region. I assume there is some price variation in real Champagne.

24 pack of Miller High Life "The Champagne of Beers". :wink:
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Post by Teague » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:02 pm

Champipple.
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Post by bloom2708 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:03 pm

Teague wrote:Champipple.


That made me laugh. Fred Sanford gem.
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Post by DaftInvestor » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:05 pm

The local stores near you may not have the brand(s) recommended here. I suggest going to your local liquor or wine-specialty store and asking their expert for recommendations within your price-range. My local stores always give me great recommendations.

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Post by WiscoTrout » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:11 pm

Buy Prosecco from Italy or Cava from Spain. Same fizz as the official French stuff, but without the stuffy French prices.

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Post by queso » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:11 pm

Freixenet.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:28 pm

If by "cheap" you mean in the $10 neighborhood, you might try Korbel. It's not strictly speaking "Champagne" since it's bottled in California (the word "champagne" is limited to product from the Champagne region of France, just outside Paris) but it is "methode Champenoise", which almost everything we think of as "champagne" is.

If your budget extends to around $50, and you can locate a bottle, I highly recommend Mumm de Cramant.
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Post by bardenay » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:31 pm

The best values are going to be Spanish Cava (which uses the "Champaign method") or Italian Prosecco. I would recommend going to a reputable wine shop and asking for a recommendation based how you are going to use it (Mimosas? Celebrate the end of a bike race?, etc.) and and the level of sweetness you prefer.

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Post by adamthesmythe » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:38 pm

queso wrote:Freixenet.


That's my go-to brand.

It's really cava, not champagne. But we're not in France.

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Post by John Laurens » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:42 pm

You can get a whole buncha bottles of Mumms

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Post by Kenkat » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:47 pm

I thought Freixenet WAS the good stuff, Moet was the wow, you're really going all out and Dom was the you've got to be kidding me. If they don't sell it at WalMart, it's not cheap enough.

For cheap champagne, I go with Cook's Brut.

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Post by FactualFran » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:52 pm

Best is a matter of taste. If cheapness is more important than quality, then forget about Champagne (sparkling wine made in a certain way from grapes grown in a certain region of France).

If there is a Trader Joe's near you that sells wine, see if they have any bottles of Trader Joe's Reserve North Coast Brut. The price is about $10 a bottle. Unlike a number of low price sparkling wines, it is made with the types of grapes used for Champagne (but grown in the North Coast region of California instead of the Champagne region of France).

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Post by Leemiller » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:15 pm

Veuve clicquot.

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Post by themesrob » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:23 pm

Lamarca prosecco is our cheap-but-still-nice bottle of choice. (i.e. not Andre-level.) Easily obtainable for $13 and quite delicious.

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Post by Pajamas » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:35 pm

Most all of the inexpensive (under $15) sparkling wines are very similar as far as quality and ratings. They are usually drinkable as long as they are dry ("brut" on the label) and are fine for mixing with liqueurs or juices. Even the $5 bottles from Trader Joe's are fine for mimosas.

If you are going to drink it plain for a special occasion, you might want to go up to the $20 to $40 range as there can be a significant increase in quality and as others have said, you will probably get more for your money with a sparkling wine not from France.

You can sometimes find sparkling wines at good prices in January to February after the holiday season.

The best way to get a good, inexpensive wine is to go to a shop with a large selection and ask someone who knows what they are talking about. I once jokingly asked an employee in a shop that has a lot of one-off deals if he had any good port for under $10 a bottle when I was finished shopping and he asked if I needed anything else and ended up feeling obligated to buy a couple of bottles of what he recommended. That port turned out to be surprisingly good and an unbelievable bargain. It doesn't really matter what anyone here recommends if it's not in the store when you go to buy it.

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Re: Best Cheap Champagne

Post by WL2034 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:43 pm

Leemiller wrote:Veuve clicquot.


I was going to suggest this. Not sure it qualifies as cheap. Less than $50 at Costco, though.

If looking for very cheap, Barefoot Bubbly!

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Post by queso » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:48 pm

adamthesmythe wrote:
queso wrote:Freixenet.


That's my go-to brand.

It's really cava, not champagne. But we're not in France.

Agreed. I wasn't going to go down the whole sparkling wine vs. champagne rabbit hole since we're talking "cheap" here. Mumm Napa at Costco isn't bad either if you are looking for something slightly more upscale. I think it's around $13-$15 a bottle. I can get Freixenet at any of my local grocery stores and it's usually already cold. Score! :happy

John Laurens wrote:You can get a whole buncha bottles of Mumms

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Post by knight rider » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:14 pm

Costco has a Kirkland prosecco for $6.99 that's very drinkable. We prefer it over Freixenet.

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Post by El Greco » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:22 pm

Korbel is quite drinkable and is $10-$15. For a bit more, $35-$50 Gloria Ferrer or Iron Horse are excellent choices and rival many French Champagnes. All of these are California Sparkling Wines

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Post by bertilak » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:25 pm

knight rider wrote:Costco has a Kirkland prosecco for $6.99 that's very drinkable. We prefer it over Freixenet.


+1 on Costco.

Pick your price range. Costco's selections will generally be among the best for whatever price they are charging.

And yes, Costco's selections under their own Kirkland brand are very good whenever we try them.

Perhaps just as important will be the style you prefer. Read Costco's descriptions or ASK whoever is in charge of the wine section. Think in terms of sweet, dry, fruity, earthy, etc.. Work your way through a few styles to calibrate your preferences.
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Post by jebmke » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:37 pm

Duval Leroy NV Brut is always reliable -- usually mid $30s.
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Post by ralph124cf » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:41 pm

WL2034 wrote:
Leemiller wrote:Veuve clicquot.


I was going to suggest this. Not sure it qualifies as cheap. Less than $50 at Costco, though.

If looking for very cheap, Barefoot Bubbly!


I second the Barefoot Bubbly. It is my "house" champagne, and I always keep a few bottles in my refrigerator.

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Post by hicabob » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:52 pm

Trader Joe's Blanc de blanc is good and about $6. Not from Champagne region but it's dry, French, bubbly & white.

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Post by arsenalfan » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:31 pm

+1 Lamarca. Just sweet enough...

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Post by blueblock » Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:10 pm

South Africa's Graham Beck makes sparkling wine using the French method with impressive results at $16/bottle:

http://www.wine.com/v6/Graham-Beck-Brut ... x?state=CA

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Post by Nicolas » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:32 pm

bertilak wrote:
knight rider wrote:Costco has a Kirkland prosecco for $6.99 that's very drinkable. We prefer it over Freixenet.


+1 on Costco.

Pick your price range. Costco's selections will generally be among the best for whatever price they are charging.

And yes, Costco's selections under their own Kirkland brand are very good whenever we try them.

Perhaps just as important will be the style you prefer. Read Costco's descriptions or ASK whoever is in charge of the wine section. Think in terms of sweet, dry, fruity, earthy, etc.. Work your way through a few styles to calibrate your preferences.

Before our periodic trips to Costco I consult the independent Costco Wine Blog, which is quite good. Here's a search on that site for champagne available at Costco:
http://costcowineblog.com/?s=Champagne

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Post by madbrain » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:37 pm

oldcomputerguy wrote:If by "cheap" you mean in the $10 neighborhood, you might try Korbel. It's not strictly speaking "Champagne" since it's bottled in California (the word "champagne" is limited to product from the Champagne region of France, just outside Paris) but it is "methode Champenoise", which almost everything we think of as "champagne" is.

If your budget extends to around $50, and you can locate a bottle, I highly recommend Mumm de Cramant.


Sorry, as a Frenchman living in California, I just say no on Korbel ! It's not Champagne. And doesn't really taste like it.
I like many sparkling wines from California, but not this particular one.

Trader Joe's often has a Champagne called Charles de Marques for $19. It is not so great either, but drinkable.

The Costco Champagne (Kirkland brand) for about the same price, is much better.

Moet is great. So is G.H. Mumm cordon rouge. Veuve cliquot too.
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Post by Woodshark » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:57 pm

In answering the OP's original question, we have found that "Cooks" champagne (sparkling wine) is by far the "Best Cheap Champagne" we can find. We can appreciate a good french champagne but there are situations where quantity overcomes quality and this fits the bill quite nicely for brunches and deck parties. Everyone's taste is different but I have to say that to our tastes Freixenet ( A Spanish Cava) is terrible. We much prefer another Cava called Cristalino. Great by the case for weddings and such.

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Post by bertilak » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:22 pm

Nicolas wrote:Before our periodic trips to Costco I consult the independent Costco Wine Blog, which is quite good. Here's a search on that site for champagne available at Costco:
http://costcowineblog.com/?s=Champagne

Thanks for that link!
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Post by madbrain » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:12 am

bertilak wrote:
Nicolas wrote:Before our periodic trips to Costco I consult the independent Costco Wine Blog, which is quite good. Here's a search on that site for champagne available at Costco:
http://costcowineblog.com/?s=Champagne

Thanks for that link!


Note that many of the wines under that link aren't actually Champagne.

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Post by Nearing_Destination » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:18 am

While not "champagne ", we did like Cheneau
"Lady of Spain" Brut Cava -- very tasty and not all that expensive (~$15).

For the California sparkling-- you might try S. Anderson Brut, although it's not nearly as inexpensive

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:07 pm

madbrain wrote:Sorry, as a Frenchman living in California, I just say no on Korbel ! It's not Champagne. And doesn't really taste like it.
I like many sparkling wines from California, but not this particular one.


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Post by jcpct » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:17 pm

Another vote for the Costco Champagne. It's from France and less than $20 a bottle. We also buy cases of their prosecco which can't be beat for the price.

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Post by JaneyLH » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:20 pm

Woodshark wrote:In answering the OP's original question, we have found that "Cooks" champagne (sparkling wine) is by far the "Best Cheap Champagne" we can find. We can appreciate a good french champagne but there are situations where quantity overcomes quality and this fits the bill quite nicely for brunches and deck parties. Everyone's taste is different but I have to say that to our tastes Freixenet ( A Spanish Cava) is terrible. We much prefer another Cava called Cristalino. Great by the case for weddings and such.

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Post by Cruise » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:48 pm

A few years ago (2000) had a blind champagne tasting party, with about ten bottles ranging in price from $18 to $100 (DomP). Each of the tasters independently rated the blind tastings, with the results tabulated by our locally-sourced statistical/methodological expert panel.

The winner, by a mile, was Piper Heidsieck, which we continue to buy today at around $37.00.

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Post by blueman457 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:01 pm

Leemiller wrote:Veuve clicquot.


+1

Specifically: Veuve clicquot - Yellow Label.

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Post by KATNYC » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:35 pm

blueman457 wrote:
Leemiller wrote:Veuve clicquot.


+1

Specifically: Veuve clicquot - Yellow Label.


+1. We always buy Veuve clicquot yellow label for any event that requires bringing a bottle.
We ended up drinking our own bottle for NYE since others at the party preferred the hard liquor.

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Post by WhyNotUs » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:19 pm

+1 Prosecco


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Post by letsgobobby » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:24 pm

segura viuda reserva cava - $22 - Spain
Argyle Brut sparkling - $25 - Oregon

Both are quality for a fair price. I've had different vintages of both and enjoyed - but I'm no champagne expert.

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Post by chemchok » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:06 pm

Gruet Brut, a sparkling wine made in New Mexico, at around $15 a bottle, is one of the best cheap "champagnes" you can get.

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Post by jbuzolich » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:37 am

Another +1 on Veuve Clicquot. I used to buy a case every November or so and keep it under my bed just so I could grab a bottle or two to take with me to dinners or events I wasn't planning for earlier. I enjoyed drinking what I had brought and had no issues opening it myself when I got there. I was younger and stupid then though and enjoyed spending the overtime pay instead of getting out of debt or investing more. At least I kept the 401k at the minimum to receive the max match.

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Post by Ninnie » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:26 am

I used to think Freixenet was good, and then I got used to Moët. In the champagne world, you will get what you pay for.

A great alternative is Cremant- you can get an excellent Cremant for $20. I prefer the flavor to Prosecco and Cava - it's right up there with the better champagnes.

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Post by clutchied » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:54 am

for sparkling wine (champagne made outside of the champagne region) It's Schramsberg for me. They actually transported over french vines a long time ago. Made in Napa Valley.

for actual Champagne I really like Veuve Clicquot.

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Post by nickjoy » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:21 pm

Korbel.

I can't taste a difference for money above it (~$13). Including the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. To me it tasted just like Korbel, just costs an extra $35.

Below Korbel I can taste a difference. Granted, I like my mimosa's about 80-90% champagne.

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Post by caffeperfavore » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:22 pm

Gruet Brut. $15. It's from New Mexico (for the uninitiated, it's no joke), but you can find it anywhere. It's our go-to cheap bubbly.

If it must be Champagne, then ask any good wine store what their favorite grower champagne is. These are small producers (the guys who grow the grapes) that can often make some exceptional wines for a fraction of the cost of the big houses. Look for CM, RM, or RC on the label to identify one. The problem is that what's available often varies by region in the US based on distributor, so it can be futile to offer names.

Veuve Clicquot, in my humble opinion, is not a great value. While I wouldn't turn my nose up at it if you're buying and it is enjoyable, it's also mass produced (10M+ bottles a year) and there's lots of better values out there. You're paying for a ton of marketing. I'd rather reach for a Nicolas Feuillatte in the price range. For something really cheap, but still French (but not from Champagne), Francois Montand might fit the bill at around $14.

I've enjoyed a number of things I've had from California recently including Mumm, Carneros, Scharffenberger, and Gloria Ferrer for half the price of Veuve. The Segura Viudas Reserva from Spain, mentioned above, is a nice value too.

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Post by patrick474 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:42 pm

I second the Gruet suggestion. You could do at lot worse with much higher-priced sparkling wines.

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Post by ne2ca28 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:50 pm

+1 for La Marca Prosecco. We recently had small party with beer and mimosas offered. The mimosas were made with the La Marca Prosecco that we got at Costco. 4 bottles of Prosecco were gone in no time.

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