What Are the Best Affordable Champagnes?

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Are there any good, affordable champagnes you recommend?

While Champagne does start at an understandably higher price point than most wines, there are wonderful values spanning several styles available that won’t break the bank:

  • VINTAGE: Veuve Clicquot, Vintage 2008 Rose ($89): Hand-crafted by the Chef de Caves, Dominique Demarville, and aged for 7+ years (same as Dom Perignon!), with grapes sourced from Grand Cru villages, including the famed Pinot Noir village of Bouzy – an incredible value.
  • BLANC DE BLANCS: Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, NV ($74): A Champagne composed of the most challenging and least planted grape in the region, Chardonnay. Grapes are primarily sourced from Premier Cru vineyards, meaning that of the 318 classified villages of Champagne, these plots are located in the 43 considered to be superior. Not only is Ruinart the first established Champagne house (1729!), it’s cellars, “crayeres”, are also UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • GROWER: Chartogne-Taillet, “Sainte Anne”, NV ($40): An opportunity to taste a grower at a reasonable price point. Alexandre Chartogne sources from his 11 hectares (27 acres) of grapes in the village of Merfy, with a primary goal of letting the wines express the unique terroir of his plots, a skill honed while apprenticing in Burgundy.
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Alyse Mizia
Alyse Mizia
Champagne Specialist at Moët Hennessy
Alyse comes to her current position as Champagne Specialist representing the family of Moët Hennessy Champagnes, from as she likes to say, “the ground up”. With a BS in Viticulture and Enology from Cornell University, and a post-graduate degree in Hospitality Management, she has gotten exposure to many aspects of the wine industry, and brings a strong background in technical knowledge to the position.

Prior to becoming a Champagne Specialist, Alyse worked as a Beverage Manager & Sommelier, guiding highly successful programs in Manhattan at The Standard and Crosby Street Hotel. Alyse has also been a manager at Fairmont Hotels, helping to position food & beverage programs at The Fairmont San Francisco and the famed Champagne Bar at The Plaza, NYC. Outside of work, Alyse enjoys equestrian sports, downhill skiing, and of course Champagne, her passion. She is pursuing the Master of Wine, and has thus far achieved WSET Diploma Level.
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Alyse comes to her current position as Champagne Specialist representing the family of Moët Hennessy Champagnes, from as she likes to say, “the ground up”. With a BS in Viticulture and Enology from Cornell University, and a post-graduate degree in Hospitality Management, she has gotten exposure to many aspects of the wine industry, and brings a strong background in technical knowledge to the position. Prior to becoming a Champagne Specialist, Alyse worked as a Beverage Manager & Sommelier, guiding highly successful programs in Manhattan at The Standard and Crosby Street Hotel. Alyse has also been a manager at Fairmont Hotels, helping to position food & beverage programs at The Fairmont San Francisco and the famed Champagne Bar at The Plaza, NYC. Outside of work, Alyse enjoys equestrian sports, downhill skiing, and of course Champagne, her passion. She is pursuing the Master of Wine, and has thus far achieved WSET Diploma Level.


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