Five Inexpensive Champagnes

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 at 12:00 am

Like wine, champagne comes in a wide range of prices, but that doesn’t mean the the cheapest are the least favored. There are bottles of cheap champagne that are worth your acute taste. Here we present a list of highly-rated champagnes (with scores of 85 and up) that are sold in the market at $20 or less.

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Charles De Fère Jean Louis Brut, Blanc de Blanc – This French champagne was produced in Fère-en Tardenois, twenty miles outside of the Champagne region, by Jean-Louis Denois who is a sixth-generation Champenoise. The nose has its unique elegance, with a splendid mix of apple, grapefruit, and white peach aroma. The taste would remind one of baked apple with rich toasty flavors prevailing this strong and quite complex champagne. Wine Enthusiast rated it an 87, and costs around $4.

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Gran Sarao Cava Brut – This non-vintage Spanish Brut offers a yeasty and wheat-thin aroma, with crisp, dry, and citrusy flavors reminding one of green apples. Recommended to drinkable for 12 to 18 months. This has a score of 86 points given by Jay Miller, and costing around $10.

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Domaine Ste. Michelle Cuvee Brut – This champagne is created from the finest grapes in Columbia Valley in Washington State using Méthode champagnoise, where a secondary fermentation occurs in closed bottles, with its bright acidity and effervescent that cleanses the palate. The flavor is appealing for its young citrusy apple flavors, shaded with toasty notes as the flavors echo. Recommended to go with Japanese food, especially sashimi. Wine Spectator graded this as an 86, costing around $13.

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Raventos i Blanc L’Hereu Brut – This Spanish champagne is a blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. The "L’Hereu" from Raventos is one of the best examples of Cava, with bright and lively aromas of fruity lemon and green apple, with more complex notes of freshly baked bread. The palate is well-structured with tiny bubbles that dances across the palate. This was given a score of 90 points from Wine News, costing around $15.

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1 + 1 = 3 Brut – This fun-looking cava actually has a name: U Mes U Fan Tres, but more popularly known for its distinctive label. This non-vintage cava brut exhibits an Italian Prosecco-like frothiness along with light-bodied, elegant, crisp taste of grapefruit and lemon zest. Made in a refreshing style meant for easy consumption. Robert Parker gave this champagne a score of 87, costing around $15.