Champagne Tastes

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 21:22 -- Andrew Corrigan

Australians are keen on Champagne and famous houses are readily available – Moet&Chandon $55 (soft, a little sweet), Pol Roger $72 (citrus lemon chalky texture), Veuve Clicquot, $55 (honey creamy), Mumm Cordon Rouge, $40 (fresh floral aromas), Roederer $57 (flowers and red berry aromas, dry, full bodied), Bollinger $57 (distinctive sweet salad dressing/aldehyde aroma and very creamy rich taste), Taittinger $57 (rich floral and chalk aroma), Billecart-Salmon $80 (combination of tart freshness and fuller bodied complexity) and many more. The Houses usually also issue a vintage wine with prices around $90 - $120, and a prestige wine with prices around $180 - $280. There are also good examples at lower prices from lesser known producers, often the lesser priced wine being produced by a Grower. Although the growers supply the Houses, they can also release wine with their own label. The wines are cheaper than the Houses but not as refined in taste. Examples include Larmandier-Bernier ($75), Charpentier ($55) and Launois ($60).