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I hope everyone is having a fantastic and relaxing time during this holiday season. I did a quick search and could not find out what champagne people are purchasing for New Years Eve.

I would like to open the discussion to French, Italian, domestic, vintage, and favorite place for purchase. If it strikes your fancy, please include your accompaniments -- such as smoked salmon and goat cheese.

It is presumable that some people may have made the purchase, and some have not. :(

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I am a big fan of Pierre Peters Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru. For higher end, I simply adore Heidseick Monopole diament Bleu or Diamant Rose.

If less money is an object, From Italy, there is Cima di Conigliano Prosecco but that is almost impossible to find here in DC. Bisol makes great Prosecco as well.

I also like Iron Horse for California sparkling wine. I usually like their Wedding Cuvee and the Classic Brut every year. The RD's can be all over the place so I cannot make a blanket recomendation.

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Isn't Mller High Life "The Champagne of Bottled Beers"?

The Champagne of Beers (no qualifier needed). I used to give people champagne glasses when they would order one. Many laughs ensued. :(

To bring this slightly back on topic, how do people feel about the Perrier Jouet stuff? I had the rose a month or so ago and quite liked it, so I picked up a bottle of the normal "Grand Brut" at the supermarket (HEB, $32) here for a gift. Anybody had it?

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To bring this slightly back on topic, how do people feel about the Perrier Jouet stuff? I had the rose a month or so ago and quite liked it, so I picked up a bottle of the normal "Grand Brut" at the supermarket (HEB, $32) here for a gift. Anybody had it?
As the big houses go I think that they make nice bubbly that can still be picked-up for a reasonable price, and as you found the Rose is quite enjoyable. I am not a huge fan of the Fluer de Champagnes, I just expect more of a prestige Champagne than a pretty bottle.
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Thanks! But seriously, any idea where I can pick up some of this E-O Champagne?
I found one bottle on the shelf at the Old Town Balducci's, but when I was in there on Sunday they did not have any. It was the first time I have seen it in this area in several years. At $80 it was also the most expensive I have seen it.
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The local distributor never gets very much of it. I was able to get Millesime 1998, VP and Rosé Grand Cru.
They are a small producer even for an R-M, at only 7 hectares and an overall production of 5,000 cases, so I am not surprised we don't get much. In comparison Dean's favorite Champagne (also an R-M) produces 13,000 cases on 17.5 hectares.
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They are a small producer even for an R-M, at only 7 hectares and an overall production of 5,000 cases, so I am not surprised we don't get much. In comparison Dean's favorite Champagne (also an R-M) produces 13,000 cases on 17.5 hectares.

Francis Egly is a maniac about quality. Each of his wines has a specific character. With all his Champagnes, you never forget that they are wine first. 5,000 cases is nothing in the scheme of things. Gallo=92 million cases, Chateau Ste. Michelle= 3 million cases, Yellow Tail= 10 million cases. Worth looking for.

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Very true, and still much easier to find than Selosse.

It seems that NV Egley-Ouriet is available at The Vineyard. Could someone enlighten me as to the differences between the Vignes de Vrigny and the Brut Tradition? I'd love to grab some Blanc de Noir, but at $83 it's a bit out of the price range.

Also, is there anything else on their Champagne specials list that jumps out as something to not to be missed? I'm planning to swing by tomorrow and pick up a bottle or two of E-O, but am always looking for some good bubbly. Thanks.

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It seems that NV Egley-Ouriet is available at The Vineyard. Could someone enlighten me as to the differences between the Vignes de Vrigny and the Brut Tradition? I'd love to grab some Blanc de Noir, but at $83 it's a bit out of the price range.

Also, is there anything else on their Champagne specials list that jumps out as something to not to be missed? I'm planning to swing by tomorrow and pick up a bottle or two of E-O, but am always looking for some good bubbly. Thanks.

As I recall, Vignes de Vrigny is unusual because it's 100% pinot meunier. Brut Tradition is a good intro to these wines. The knockouts are the Brut Grand Cru Millesime and the VP. I have had customers tell me that the Brut Rosé Grand Cru is the best Champagne they've ever had.

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It seems that NV Egley-Ouriet is available at The Vineyard. Could someone enlighten me as to the differences between the Vignes de Vrigny and the Brut Tradition? I'd love to grab some Blanc de Noir, but at $83 it's a bit out of the price range.
I spotted Egley-Ouriet at the P Street Whole Foods the other night. I'm not sure which one it was, but the price was $55.
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I spotted Egley-Ouriet at the P Street Whole Foods the other night. I'm not sure which one it was, but the price was $55.

Bassin's just got in a shipment of E-O while I was there on NYE. From their website:

nv - Grand Cru Brut Tradition 750ml - 55.99

nv - Grand Cru Rose 750ml - 71.99

nv Blanc de Noirs V.V. 750ml -100.00

nv Grand Cru V.P. Extra Brut 750ml - 71.99

nv Les Vignes de Vrigny 750ml - 44.99

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Yes it is great, but so very very young.
hmmm, we had the NV Brut Rose from H. Billiot Fils, was it old enough? (I think I read somewhere that the NV currently available was something like 40% 2004, 30% 2003, 20% 2002 etc but I don't know where I read that or if whoever wrote it had a clue)

Because it was very very nice, to our uneducated palates anyhoo...I assumed non-vintage meant (among other things) meant to be drunk now....

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hmmm, we had the NV Brut Rose from H. Billiot Fils, was it old enough? (I think I read somewhere that the NV currently available was something like 40% 2004, 30% 2003, 20% 2002 etc but I don't know where I read that or if whoever wrote it had a clue)

Because it was very very nice, to our uneducated palates anyhoo...I assumed non-vintage meant (among other things) meant to be drunk now....

H. Billiot is by far one of the most amazing grower champagne's I have had, besides Egly- Ouriet. But they are of course contrasting styles. Billiot's 'Cuvee Julie' is TOP!!! Egly is killer too, especially when vintaged bc it takes on a real aldehidic sherry nose lined with sour dough. Billiot is much more about finesse and charm, but a kick of richness no doubt... try Vilmart for a third leg of the duo :(

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egly-ouriet is fairly common in these parts, i have found. before new year's eve, there were even some bottles in the somewhat daunting (and california-centric) wine section at the back of dean and deluca in georgetown.

you can get a bottle of the vignes de vrigny at p street for about $9 less than the price posted for bassin's above.

of the three whole foods in the city, calvert street is the only location without egly-ouriet, with a much weaker selection of champaigne than p street, which yesterday also had pierre peters. they lock up the good stuff, so you need to track down someone with a key. (but at least they have discontinued the policy of having you escorted to the cash register with your selection. one time i was not even allowed to touch the bottle until it had been paid for.)

in late december, the most interesting selection of champaigne i found was at arrow wine, and the prices are in the $30-$50 range so that you can start trying out bottles you have never seen before. (in my opinion, the very expensive champaignes, which i seldom sample -- the last time was when we won a bottle of dom perignon at a drawing -- tend not to be worth the splurge.) arrow used to stock egly-ouriet (when nobody else had it), but i haven't seen it there lately. i also like to buy cheese here and watch the passengers move to new seats on the bus after i have boarded.

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Friends don't let friends drink swill champagne.

My go to bottle is Billecart Salmon Brut Rose, which I am bring to a friends dinner tonights.  Not easy to find in this area but well worth the hunt.  Arrowwine recently started carrying it.

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I never know what to buy, so I went slightly less predictable than Veuve Clicquot or Moí«t with Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvée (from Costco) (lame, I know, but convenient.)  I had a Mumm Napa sparkling wine at my parent's house this weekend, and it was remarkably enjoyable for the price. 

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