24 April 2018

Best Champagne For The Money – Anything But Moet!

Best Champagne For The Money

Recently I was wandering around a duty free looking at the array of champagnes they had. Starting from the not so expensive to the super duper pricey stuff. And as I looked at all the prices and after I had finished counting  which ones I’d tried, I couldn’t help but ask myself which were the best champagnes for the money.

Which champagnes were so undervalued, tasted amazing and were priced either just right or too little? 

When people think about buying champagne, they can sometimes think that more expensive is better. That Dom Perignon and Krug based on their price can be better than a  Moet. Which of course is true, but Moet have proved one thing to the market. That good marketing with a fantastic price point guarantees sales.

In fact, it almost seems irrelevant to Moet drinkers what Moet tastes like. In their eyes they are drinking champagne. It’s got a nice bottle, a name that people won’t look down at and it looks and smells like champagne. (but not really).

However, I’m still always pleasantly surprised at the number of champagnes that I see out there that are complete value for money. And I know this because when I shop, Mrs 12×75 is very keen to make sure I leave some of our shopping budget for house things (champagne doesn’t count as house things). 

Below is a list of bottles that we feel are extreme value for money. In fact, it blows my mind at how cheap some of these bottles actually are.

Now that you’re an expert all things to do with champagne glasses – it’s time to fill them up with some good valued champagne.

Best Champagne For Price

  1. The NV of Pol Roger is simply heaven. It can often be found at the same price of Moet if not sometimes a little bit less. But boy oh boy oh boy. I can see why Sir Winston Churchill Loved this champagne. What a treat. It tastes like summer fruits in a glass, with a hint of sweetness & excitement. I’m not even sure that words could possibly describe this champagne. It has a punch  not to be messed with and a finish that says ‘bet you’d like some more..’ For some crazy reason, I’m not entirely sure that Pol Roger do a very good job at marketing themselves to the masses but I can definitely say that it’ s available everywhere. Take my word for it. If you’re looking for some delicious champagne – then go with a bottle of Pol Roger. Of course Pol Roger has various vintages and rose options, but then we’re no longer talking about best champagne for the money. 
  2. Perrier Jouet is one of my favourites, irrespective of its price point. In fact I can go as far to say as there’ll never be a time where you could come round and there won’t be some Perrier Jouet in the fridge. It’s one of the few champagnes that mrs 12 loves too. It’s perfect for summer. The price point is ridiculously low and more often than not, I’m finding it and buying it for under the price of a Moet. For some reason, Perrier Jouet is easy to find online, but I wouldn’t necessarily say I see it everywhere in retail. It is a MUST champagne, whether or not we are talking about value for money. It’s a knock out and remember, always buy 2 bottles. Because one is seriously not going to be enough. This is really a fun champagne to celebrate with
  3. Dom P P2 – of course there’s a few vintages of these – but there’s also an underlying similarity to how they taste, how they’ve been made and how wow they are. These are of course on the pricey side and some of the older vintages will make your jaw drop. But when we are talking about which champagnes are worth it, which champagnes are value for money, then we’ve got to consider champagnes at all price points. 
  4. Krug – now we’re talking special occasion. Krug is similar in pricing to I would say an NV bottle of Dom Perignon. But yet – wow, what a difference. Krug to me is divine. It’s not cheap and of course it’s probably not something you’re going to be drinking every week – but wow. Krug is heaven. It’s for the more refined and knowledgable champagne lover. And not only does the champagne taste delicious, the bottle is absolutely beautiful to stare at. 
  5. Armand De Brignac (otherwise known as Ace Of Spades) – of course since the purchase of this estate by Jay Z – has given it a huge amount of publicity, but mostly within the Hip Hop world. That hasn’t always translated to the champagne loving masses. That said, Armand De Brignac is actually a refined champagne. One of taste, value and deliciousness. It’s not cheap. I’m not going to lie. It’s one expensive bottle of champagne but it’s truly worth it. They’ve made each bottle like a piece of art, that combined with their presentation box makes you think twice about even opening it. But do it. Drink it, love it and order another one. 
  6. Gosset – a tad more expensive than Moet, Pol Roger and Perrier Joeut – Gosset it a true treasure. Their marketing is appalling, which of course why it isn’t a well known name, but within the trade, I would say Gosset is probably a big favourite. It’s bottle shape and size alone make it unique as do the contents within it. Gosset is a must have. 

Conclusion

This list is of course a snapshot of what I believe are the best champagnes for the money. These I believe are true value and priced correctly. 

I could go on but at some point this would just be another list about my favourite champagnes.

That said, there are a few above that I truly love. For example the Gosset, Pol Roger and Perrier Jouet are truly great value. In fact if I’m honest they are actually undervalued and without exxagertaion I can say could easily be priced at twice what they’re at. The characteristics in these champagnes are genuinely on par with some vintages of Dom Perignon, Salon and Krug.

Go on, be adverntous – order anything but Moet


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Posted 24th April 2018 by Vim in category "Champagne", "Wine Blog