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Old 01-01-2013, 11:41 AM
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Jerome you're reminding me of my early Champagne days. We had a customer in the mid 70s who also owned a wine store. When he made the trip to Coral Gables from Palm Beach he always brought a case or two of wines he thought might be of interest. One of those trips introduced me to Ruinart. At the time it was a quarter of the price of Cristal, Taittinger, and Perignon.

A few years later I remember moving to California and finding that Ruinart was becoming the hip LA choice. There was a killer store on Sunset that had Ruinart at its new list price - 3 times what I paid when I first bought it 5 years earlier! But the other three were the best deal ever - 2/3 the new price of a Ruinart! Imagine a Cristal at $29.95!

Our favorite for the last 23 years though has been La Grande Dame. Certainly there are others as good, even better, but La Grande Dame is what we drank on our second honeymoon at the Salzburg Music Festival. It's for special occasions but there's a certain magic every time we pop one open.

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1998 is of the best year ever for the Grande Dame !
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Bart.... I'll check the local bottlo.

We're in Europe later in the year. I'm suggesting to The Lady to swing the itinerary in this direction. The French countryside sure looks wonderful.

How is Belgium in the summer?
Ha, 4 seasons in one day!
You can have 34°C and a couple of hours later, after some good rains, 15°C.

Wonderful food, lovely old towns, and over 1000 beers!!!

Here are some of them, just to get an idea:
Belgian Beers - Belgium Travel Guide - Eupedia
Lijst van Belgische bieren - Wikipedia

These are pics of villages and cities nearby:






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Will you come to Paris ?
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I guess I will ASK first then buy
just bustin' your stones a wee bit Doug........I wouldn't know a good from a bad champagne if I tried.
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just bustin' your stones a wee bit Doug........I wouldn't know a good from a bad champagne if I tried.
It's all good I would feel neglected if People didn't here
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Will you come to Paris ?
Jérôme...I wouldn't mind but The Lady doesn't think we will have time to fit it in on this trip. Last time, unfortunately I got food poisoning from a hamburger restaurant on Bld Montmartre & was bed ridden for 48 hours+ so our time was cut short. Although I've visited Paris a few times, I've never been during the mid summer holidays.
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It is Moet et Chandon guess I should have mentioned that
For reasonably priced sparkling wine/champagne we find Chandon(s) to be a very good choice. For our fish meals on a twice-a-week basis we like Freixenet (will be visiting them this spring). For my birthday next week, we (make that me) bought a couple of bottles of Veuve Clicquot (one for the week and one for dinner that day), which we both think is most excellent.
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"Our" Champagne house says the nectars go to the US.
It has 5 times more sugar added in the end of the process than the brut.
We prefer the extra brut.
At Guy Faucheret (see my post earlier in this thread), it is called Dosage Zéro: no liquor in the end, they make it with a pure Millésime.
It's very sharply priced at less than 20€.
They deliver it to the Rothschild family (we saw the labels on a couple of separate pallets).
If it's good for them, it's good for us!
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One of the problems at smaller champagne houses, like Guy Faucheret, is their limited volume. When we spent a week in Epernay a couple of years ago several we visited were sold out to the Chinese and the Germans and had not a single bottle to sell. Good for them (I guess), but sad for the rest of us. Another problem, as Jerome has mentioned, is these smaller houses often do not export outside the EU. Have checked with a couple of the bigger wine sellers in the U.S. and don't have or know who might. Visiting the "Champagne Region" is the best we can do.

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........I wouldn't know a good from a bad champagne if I tried.
Au contraire, Dave. Even you could tell the difference. Seriously.
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Champagne Guy Faucheret

Another one of these gorgeous 'little' champagnes, in a very nice village near Epernay: Vertus.



Very high rates in the Guide Hachette.
Very reasonable prices, they export abroad.

This one is their classic:


And this is their top bottle: very gentle but quite strong and nice aftertaste:



We usually go there ourselves and load our trunk as full as we can, for the whole family.
I made this trip with Bart when I visited in 2016 and very much enjoyed Champagne Guy Faucheret's rose. I brought a bottle back with me and my wife enjoyed it.

Bart bought so many bottles from the owner that the lady just gave me one for free
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