For those not very familiar with Champagne, or with limited knowledge, Champagne is a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne wine region of France. No other wine in the world can be named Champagne unless it is picked, grown and made in Champagne.
The three main grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meaner, both red grapes, and Chardonnay, the white variety! In order to call it Champagne, there has to be also a second fermentation of the wine in the bottle which creates the bubbles!
On a budget:
Due to the difficulty of making sparkling wines in the harsh environment the wines are exposed to in Champagne, it does come with a price tag so it is hard to find inexpensive Champagnes that are of good quality. Here are some suggestions:
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne is my favorite one under $30. This is the Champagne I served in my wedding. It’s crisp and refreshing with citrusy notes that will not break your bank!
Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne for around $30 is yet another great one for an affordable price. This winery is also very consistent, and I can’t say enough about the price/quality ratio. This wine exhibits apple notes and toasted hazelnuts, it is well balanced and will be a beautiful addition to your Holiday table.
Something a bit more “High End” and “Pink” is Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut Champagne. I think it’s the best Rosé Champagne under $70. This wine is made entirely with Pinot Noir grapes and exhibits cherry notes. This wine goes with a lot of dishes due to its bold character and earthiness.
Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve Brut Champagne is also a great Rosé choice for under $70. Red berry aromas hit you in the nose along with a crisp finish. It’s a well-balanced wine that is toasty and “creamy.”