I went to a champagne tasting at the WineSellar & Brasserie and spent a few leisurely hours trying more than two dozens champagnes and sparkling wines. The selection was a mix of well-known names and small producers, vintage and non vintage. Here are my favorites.
- Deutz Blanc de Blancs, 2007 ($70). Light and bright, mineral, almost salty.
- Giulio Ferrari, 2001 ($120). A sparkling wine from Trentino-Alto Adige in Northern Italy. Atypical flavor profile with a hint of smoke, minerality, nuts, honey. It’s fun but the high price can be a turn off.
- “Le Mesnil” brut Blanc de Blancs, NV ($40). Biscuit notes, harmonious long finish.
- Dom Pérignon, 2004 ($130). Beautiful brioche finish. Tried side-by-side with Moët Brut Rose Grand Vintage 2004, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004, Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004, and Krug Grande Cuvée Brut NV, this was my favorite. Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 ($110) was my second favorite of the group in a completely different style, very lively but less harmonious overall.
(Prices based on a quick search via Wine-Searcher.)
Click on the thumbnails to see all the champagnes and sparkling wines I tried that day.