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Choosing the perfect bottle of Champagne can be overwhelming. Champagne is pricey, and everything that is included on the labels can look like a complicated algebra equation. If you aren’t familiar with Champagne’s production methods, regional differences, producers, and growers the process can be intimidating! Let us also remind you that not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Champagne is strictly the sparkling wine that is produced within the region of Champagne, France. We asked our team of Sommeliers (and one Master Sommelier!)  to share their current go-to bottle of Champagne, so that you can stop stressing over labels, equations, and regions. 

 


lassalle

 

J. Lassalle ‘Preference’ Premier Cru Champagne
“Just a wonderful glass of Champagne, easy to enjoy with a bright clean taste and a long lingering finish that that says ‘open another bottle’.  Serious enough for the Champagne lover and easy enough for the first timers.   One of the best quality to price bottles that we have from Champagne.” – Denny Walsh, West Bloomfield Wine Team Leader

 


pierrre peter

 

Pierre Peters ‘Cuvée de Réserve’ Blanc de Blancs Champagne Grand Cru Le Mesnil
Beautiful expression of precision, complexity and minerality from one of the top growers in Le Mesnil, a Grand Cru village known for its superb Chardonnay vineyards.” – Rod Johnson, Ann Arbor West Wine Team Leader

 

 


gimonet

 

Pierre Gimonnet 1er Cuis Blanc de Blancs Champagne 
“Like drinking Chablis with bubbles- taught, mineral driven and creamy. This wine has lots of freshness and subtle complexity.” – Anthony Minne, Old Town Wine Team Leader

 

 


coutier

 

R.H. Coutier Blanc de Blanc Brut Ambonnay Champagne 
“I am a huge fan of Blanc de Blanc Champagnes and this one from the village of Ambonnay is unique in the sense that it comes from a predominantly Pinot Noir-accented region within Champagne.  The wines from Ambonnay tend to be quite substantial and this one proves the point: broad and bready yet also mineral and expressing amazing refinement—not to mention an amazing value!” – Jorge Lopez-Chavez, Ann Arbor North Campus Wine Team Leader

 


krug (2)

 

Krug Brut Champagne
“Ideal for both those who adore Champagne and those new to the experience – round, deep, smooth, complex, delicious.  Drinks too easily!   A totally fulfilling aperitif without food…or with a plethora of bite-sized hors d’oeuvres.  Dangerous…” – Madeline Triffon, MS, Director of Wine Events

 

 


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Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne
“An incredible value for true Champagne and rated 90 points by Wine Spectator!  A wonderful blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Blanc. Beautiful notes of apple with a delightful yeasty bread dough note and great minerality.” – Patrick Mulrooney, Bloomfield Wine Team Leader

 

 


grand-rose

 

Paul Bara Rosé Brut Grand Cru
“Ripe, juicy fruit, ultra-fine beads, and a creamy texture on the palate. Strong minerality and peppery spice notes add to its complexity, and for all of its power, the finish leaves the palate with elegance and precision. Stylistically, this is very similar to Dom Perignon Rosé ($300). Simply a great bottle and incredible for the price. It’s the perfect pairing for everything or nothing at all.” – Marc Jonna, Co-Founder